Poetry Monday: Barriers as Curses and Blessings

The anxiety is a barrier
It holds back so much

            The demon within
            Can never come out

Ambition and confidence
Stifled and pushed away

            The monster, the pariah
            The anger of the beast

I don’t feel like I’m
Who I’m meant to be

            The devil is a part of me
            But is not who I am

But the anxiety also
Keeps the demon at bay

            Locked away, caged
            The darkness waits patiently

I fear releasing the dark
If the anxiety goes away

From the poetry collection Cats, Coffee, Catharsis.