Behind My Walls

By Diana Raab

You can’t imagine

how I bite my cuticles

at home in the dark,

nibble chocolate in my closet,

nursing a chardonnay.


You couldn’t know

I collect rare crystals

and antique typewriters.


You might not notice

the creases in my face,

or how difficult it is for me

to talk about sex.


These days, all I can do

is write dark poems

in the journal at my bedside,

and slip holistic herbs

under my tongue.


Take me out of my misery.


Diana Raab, PhD, is an award-winning memoirist, poet, blogger, speaker, and author of 10 books and over 1000 articles and poems. Her two latest books are, “Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Plan for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life,” and “Writing for Bliss: A Companion Journal.” Follow them on Twitter @dianaraab and Instagram @dianaraab.

This piece is a part of DISTANCED 3.0.

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