Poem for you all

natbabe1980 Member Posts: 7
edited 1. Jul 2013, 13:44 in Living with Arthritis archive
Invisible Illness

Behind a smile I swallow deep
A tear from you I try to keep
As pain extinguishes my spirit whole
Behind a smile my fear has grown

I didn’t ask for it to come
Instead it hid for years say some
Like a lion hides to devour their prey
I’m trapped and there’s no getaway

Behind a smile I swallow deep
You’re asking how I’m doing see
So I simply lie, I’m fine thank you
So much easier than the awful truth

I didn’t ask for it to come
So why the guilt which comes undone
Why the anger why the pain
How can illness make you go insane?

Behind a smile I’ll rise again
From the darkest depths you’ll see, but when?
I will fight like a warrior true and strong
And stand tall in this world to shine a light on

By Natalie Sohier
To all living with Invisible diseases


  • villier
    villier Member Posts: 4,426
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thank you natbabe 1980 for posting this............so true.........Marie xx
    Smile a while and while you smile
    smile another smile and soon there
    will be miles and miles of smiles
    just because you smiled I wish your
    day is full of Smiles
  • DebbieT
    DebbieT Member Posts: 1,033
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    So well written & worded Natalie ... Thank you!! (((( )))) x
    Healing Hugs
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 26,325
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thank you, Natalie. I remember feeling like that - as if 'I'm trapped and there's no getaway'. It was scary. I do hope you'll 'rise again / from the darkest depths'. It sounds as if you will. Why not put this on the 'Poetry' thread on Chit Chat?
    If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving definitely isn't for you.
    Steven Wright
  • natbabe1980
    natbabe1980 Member Posts: 7
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thanks guys sometimes I find it easier to write about how this all feels.

    Gentle Hugs xxxx
  • janie68
    janie68 Member Posts: 1,186
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Lovely poem, so true too.

    Janie xx
  • kentishlady
    kentishlady Member Posts: 807
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Lovely poem. I think it sums everything up perfectly.

  • woodbon
    woodbon Member Posts: 4,969
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thats a wonderful way with words - they express what I often feel.
    Thank you.
    Love Sue xxxx
  • Claire38
    Claire38 Member Posts: 42
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Great poem. And the words so true.