Stress, thee abide in me

Stress, thee abide in me

Stress has a heartbeat, it is slow and thudding

Stress has a smell. burnt blood in the mouth

Stress has a sound, the gushing in your ears

Stress has a life, it is stealing mine

I live in stress every day, or rather it lives in me

It breeds on the insecurity, the fears and the past

It prevents movement forward, by barriers that impede

Those barriers live within me and they too build the stress

It isn’t a physical object, something that can be touched

It is, instead, a living shadow, stalking vulnerable prey

Vulnerable because of history that becomes current

It exists in the past, the now and waits for the future

It is the despoiler of lives, dreams and hope

Instead you get shadows, grave markers and despair

It is the respecter of pain, the more, the greater the clarion call it answers

When I die it will be the shroud that embraces me in the grave

Even in death I fear I will feel, smell and taste its presence

I will never shake it free, as a dog does the moisture on its fur

I try the therapeutic programmes, the medications that numb

But underneath it all, stress, the enduring enemy at any gate

Once you let it in it never leaves, it sets up a base

In your mind, heart and soul, never to be free of that chain

Like an anchor grounding you to the bottom of the ocean

So you drown in the sensations it creates within you

Stress runs my life, I can not run from it

I can not stop the thoughts that travel with it

I am vulnerable to any disruption that increases it

Stress will never let me go I am just too good a catch

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