Tuesday, 2 February 2016

The Jagged Wound (February 1, 2016)


Don't understand
Why I'm being triggered
By these images
Right now.

I thought
These memories
Had been dealt

In a safe
And constructive way.

And yet
Tears are streaming
As I find myself
Being transported back
To another place
And time.

Wanting to curl up
Into a foetal position
Hoping to disappear.

Even now
Two days later
Am still
Ripped wide open.

How long
Will I need
For these emotional wounds
To scab over.

And for
The healing process
To complete itself
Once more.

This time

Therisa © 2016

Author's note: On Saturday, January 30, 2016, while looking for images to use with another poem, about identity, I found myself, being triggered by these images. I know these images can't hurt me, but still, I had a very emotional response to them, leaving me, feeling like, a PTSD flashback had occurred. Even now, three days later, am still feeling the residue of that occurrence, as my soul, slowly recovers.


  1. I hope you are feeling better, Therisa. You might be onto something - trauma does come with PTSD flashbacks.

    1. Thank you, Sherry, for your concern. In answer, to your question, am slowly getting better. In the past, I have been triggered by a song, an odour, or just seeing an object.


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