Poetry and Risperidone


These pills are like duct tape across
my mouth, silencing screams
clawing to get out.

Thoughts muted; rainbows
fade to greyscale;
playground ball deflated.

Pen suspended mid-air,
stutters at best.  Spittle
on an anorexic page.

And already…
The End
like premature ejaculation.
I’m so sorry.


Weekend Mental Health Writing Prompt – Friendships


Friendships. Write about what they mean to you. How do they play out in your life? How does your mental illness effect them, etc?

What qualities do you want in a friend? What qualities do you offer as a friend? How satisfied are you with your friendships? What changes could you make to better them?

What were your childhood friendships like?

Link your response back to this post or comment below. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend, my friends! 🙂

Weekend Mental Health Writing Prompt – Animal Me


If you could be any animal which would you choose to be? What does this animal represent to you? What advantages and disadvantages does it have over other animals? Is it possible or do you already emulate this animal’s positive qualities in your human life today? Why or why not?

Blog your response and link back to this post, or feel free to comment below. Hope everyone is having a nice weekend!

Weekend Mental Health Writing Prompt – Mom


Ah, Mothers! Good, bad or otherwise, we all have or have had one, so let’s write about her this weekend. You could write about what you learned from her, how she impacted your life, how she impacted your mental health, how you are like her, how you are different from her. You could write directly to her thanking her for all that she’s done for you, or maybe releasing some pent up resentments you may have towards her. (I don’t recommend sending the latter to your mom, but it is a therapeutic tool nonetheless.)

If you never knew your mom, write about that, or write about someone who is like a mom to you.

Just think of the word ‘mom,’ pick up your pen, take a deep breath, and write away. Happy weekend, everyone!

Weekend Mental Health Writings Prompt – Worry


Are you a worrier? Is there a particular worry you can’t shake? How do you cope with worry? Write about it and feel free to share it here or on your blog if you have one, and then link it in the comments below.

Weekend Mental Health Writing Prompt – Soothing Senses


For this weekend’s mental health writing, list 1 or 2 things that are soothing to each of your 5 senses – sights, smells, sounds, textures, and tastes. Write about any memories associated with these soothing stimuli.

I hope you are having a lovely weekend!

Weekend Mental Health Writing Prompt – Miracle


What does the word miracle mean to you? Write about a miracle that has happened in your life.

Link your post or write your response in the comments below or just write about it in your journal at home.

Happy Easter to all those who are celebrating with me today. Many blessings to all.

New Issue of Turtle Way Mental Health Journal Just Published

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Check out the just published online issue of Turtle Way, a literary art journal written by those with mental illness. Poetry, prose, research, humor, photography, and more…

Weekend Mental Health Writings – Fear

Write about your biggest fear. How likely is it to happen? How would you cope if it were to happen? What resources and people and skills would you draw upon to get through it?

Leave your response or a link to your posted response in the comments below or just journal about it at home. Write on!

Weekend Mental Health Writings Prompt – Lifetime


Sorry this weekend’s prompt is a bit late, but here it is: If you could live in any decade or era, which would you choose, and why?

Write your response on your blog and link in the comments below, or reply directly in the comment section. You can also just write privately in your journal at home. Whatever you feel like doing. Whatever gets you writing! 🙂