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A Mental Health Poem Inspired by Sylvia Plath’s Poem, “Lady Lazarus”

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As I was doodling and daydreaming during class one day, Sylvia Plath’s poem “Lady Lazarus” popped into my mind. Inspired by the line “I eat mean like air”, I wrote the last stanza of my poem. Excited by this last stanza, I began to construct a poem around my personal growth and development. 

This poem is a reflection on the mental health struggle I encountered last summer while traveling abroad alone. It was inspired by the journey of self-reflection that I underwent during those difficult four months. It is a reminder to myself about the importance of self-love and the ability each of us has to grow and learn through our struggles. 

Suspension

I existed between sand and air

my earth was the sand.

She ate me as I fell through,

an effect of the loss I felt that summer.

A full entity of non-existence,

she had to learn to love the pain

and then she became obsessed with the thrill of it,

which overtook every inch of her body.

Drained in a pool of burgundy nails,

She convinced herself that you could save her.

She wished at that moment that she was man

and when she realized she wasn’t,

she became seduced by the norm of you.

Her covert exploitation of self

caused an effusion of at first, unbearableness

and then, lightness - it was then that

the era of ethereal self-love began.

And in the end,

her suspension through rings of flames

taught her to eat the air and

swallow the earth.

By Tarina Touret.

 
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