A Coping Strategy

She writes because she needs to

Rachael Woodman
Nov 15 · 1 min read
Photo by fotografierende on Unsplash

Pen in hand, paper on lap
She curls up on the couch.
Blanket fetched, pyjamas on,
Cat purring at her side.

You see, for her, writing,
It is a coping strategy.
It is healthier than opening a vein.

But you see, for her, writing –
It is like opening a vein,
And bleeding her heart,
All over the page.


This poem was written as a response to the POMPrompt “Tell me about why you write

Fiddleheads & Floss Poetry

Rachael Woodman

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I’m fighting stigma surrounding Mental Illness & Disability by writing honestly about my own experiences. I’m also a cat-mama 😽 bookworm 📚 and I love POM 💖

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Poetry * Prose * Life

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