Fragments of the Unhinged

Fragments of the Unhinged

No longer knowing
what is going on in your head
I question my own sanity

Poor schmuck on the phone
Just experienced baptism by fire
How dare he cold call you?

Busy work making lunch
Pretending I don’t hear
Silently praying for the poor soul

The nurse rolls her eyes
Mirroring mine
She understands

Maybe time to ask for medication 
Tomorrow it will likely be my turn 
To bear the brunt of your anger

Call the doctor later
When the coast is clear
Don’t forget, don’t make excuses

Wondering how much longer
This can go on before
Someone other than you snaps


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All Rights Reserved

Laura Bloomsbury is hosting D'Verse Poets tonight and she has
prompted us with Fragmented Poetry.

Image Pixabay

  27 comments for “Fragments of the Unhinged

  1. December 6, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    Oh, gosh. I hope some of this gets resolved. It sounds like way too much anger. Hope this never becomes someone’s normal.
    These fragments are so sad. They fit nicely into the form. Well done.
    Be well. I bless you. xoxo

    • Christine Bolton
      December 7, 2021 at 8:51 am

      Thank you Selma. It is strange where the mind goes when filled with bombardments. Someone else’s anger should never tip our own but give us the strength to separate and observe. 😧

  2. December 5, 2021 at 10:42 am

    I love it, almost feels like you are breaking apart from your pent up anger.

    • Christine Bolton
      December 5, 2021 at 5:59 pm

      Yes! You would be correct Bjorn ☺️ thank you very much.

  3. December 5, 2021 at 5:05 am

    I am in the half-sleep insomniac bloom of zolpidem, but I like your work. I will return when I am once again razored out to write a ringing comment! ✌🏼❤️

    • Christine Bolton
      December 5, 2021 at 5:58 pm

      You are so funny Rob! Do come visit anytime you feel like it. ☺️💕

  4. December 4, 2021 at 5:46 am

    This is so beautifully written, so much in so few words and so powerful.

    • Christine Bolton
      December 5, 2021 at 5:58 pm

      Thank you so much Kate. I really appreciate it ☺️💕

  5. sanaarizvi
    December 3, 2021 at 3:38 pm

    Absolutely stellar writing here, Christine! I especially resonate with; “Wondering how much longer/This can go on before/Someone other than you snaps.”💝💝

    • Christine Bolton
      December 5, 2021 at 5:57 pm

      Thank you Sanaa! I really appreciate that. I wrote about three different fragmented poems before I came up with this one. I’m happy you liked it☺️💕

  6. December 3, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    So much is being said between the lines. Nicely done, Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      December 3, 2021 at 8:36 pm

      Thanks Lisa. Were you taking a little break?

      • December 3, 2021 at 10:18 pm

        You’re welcome. I was on a month-long blogging break, yes 🙂

      • Christine Bolton
        December 3, 2021 at 11:09 pm

        Oh good for you Lisa! I hope you feel refreshed and creative. I think I could do with a break too ☺️👍

      • December 4, 2021 at 8:47 pm

        Thanks Christine 🙂

  7. December 3, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    Painful but well expressed.

    • Christine Bolton
      December 3, 2021 at 1:29 pm

      Thank you Punam. I enjoyed this exercise ☺️💕

      • December 3, 2021 at 1:50 pm

        You are welcome, dear. ❤️

  8. December 3, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    Sounds like a sad life… 🙁

    • Christine Bolton
      December 3, 2021 at 1:29 pm

      It’s probably more common than we know. Thanks for stopping by ☺️💕

  9. December 3, 2021 at 5:31 am

    I trust this is not too autobiographical, as there is a lot of suffering anger in these fragments – but perfectly fits the way moods bubble up and fade like fragments!

    • Christine Bolton
      December 3, 2021 at 1:28 pm

      Yes that’s a perfect description Laura. Thanks! I enjoyed this prompt ☺️

  10. Ain Starlingsson, forestbathing hermit
    December 3, 2021 at 4:47 am

    Real sadness reading your poem…very well done…

    • Christine Bolton
      December 3, 2021 at 1:28 pm

      Thank you Ain ☺️

  11. December 2, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Very well written Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      December 3, 2021 at 1:27 pm

      Thank you Sadje 💕☺️

      • December 3, 2021 at 8:07 pm

        You’re welcome my friend

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