'One a Day': A Poem by Elfie


That is all it takes to make the bad thoughts

fade into a soft, gentle drone,

rather than piercing, painful screams

and never-ending nose bleeds.

I’m grateful to have found what helps me

be me, somewhat enabled and somewhat free,

instead of lying alone in the dark

counting empty heartbeats.

This is my treatment, there is no cure,

I will medicate for the rest of my life.

But, honestly, I do not mind as long as I am

taking one a day, one day at a time.


Elfie is a co-founder and former editor of Derby University’s Writer’s Block magazine and has a Master of Arts in publishing. She lives in Derbyshire, England.

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