Under Pressure

I can feel the cold stare of a thousand soulless eyes,

Ablaze with scorn and judgment left overt and undisguised,

Assumptions made on looks alone; image is everything,

Perfection unattainable yet still deemed worshipping.


I can feel the pressures bearing down upon my back,

Crushing expectations induce shame at what I lack,

External and internal weights contribute to the load,

With buckled knees and weary feet I stumble down life’s road.


I can feel the whispers of a thousand hateful words,

Ghostly chatter swooping round my head like vicious birds,

Cold as cutting ice they fly and peck me from behind,

Knifing at my self-esteem and poisoning my mind.


I myself am guilty of these words and weights and stares,

Causing harm and hurt that not a single care repairs,

We live life by comparisons and feel urged to compete,

And fight a constant battle that ends only in defeat.


Emma H, age 26, 27/01/2017


One thought on “Under Pressure

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s