Poetry: Again by Brian James Lewis

It’s happening again
The thing I said I was done with
But anger fuels and rage overpowers
Every single good wish in the universe

Like a California wildfire
Taking down acres of trees
Flames radiating heat and smoke
Firetrucks driving through hell

Look out! You better save yourself
Because I’m on fire with anger
Rage boiling over the pot sides
Like tomato soup left alone

Stinking, smoking, ruining
Everything in my path
You try to hold up your hand
But I can’t stop this volcano

People like to throw words
Like PTSD around to be cool
Pop culture is so damn lame

Like a slap in the dick
Poke in the eye with a stick
Truth is they don’t know shit
About pain, fear, and that rage…

That arrives breathing flames
An out of control freight train
Hot steel screaming off the rails
Smashing the flimsy wooden gates

Of those prescription “cool it” drugs
Ignoring the years of psychotherapy
Hotwiring the brain for an evil joyride
That won’t stop until heartache

Or someone else gets hurt
Forced to share the pain
That true sufferers of PTSD carry
Like spoiled meat, rotten veg

Deep inside their chests
Hidden so well, nobody knows
Until something sets it off
Releasing the hounds of rage

Brian James Lewis is a disabled poet and writer with PTSD who finds writing to be vastly important in his recovery. Most recently, Brian’s work has appeared in Trajectory Journal, HellBound Books anthologies, and he reviews books in his spare time. Brian resides in Endicott, NY, with his wife Michelle, their rescue animals, and a bunch of old typewriters. Visit him at: http://www.damagedskullwriterandreviewer.com for news and reviews

2 responses to “Poetry: Again by Brian James Lewis

  1. Many thanks for publishing my poem! The layout looks great and I really appreciate this chance to share my work with the world. Mental health issues are even more common after the lockdown days of the pandemic when we all had “normal” lives to keep us on track. Hopefully increased awareness can help with understanding and improved dialog.


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