Sensitive and misunderstood affliction of the soul
manifests in bewildering ways:
ego under stress
Tried and tested:
a dose of tears as often as required
some swear egomania offers temporary relief
and awareness soothes the compassionate soul
But F.I.N.E symptoms soon emerge
(Freaky, Irritable, Neurotic & Emotional)
Patient confined with imaginary friends talks about
words, together they coin a new term – talksanity.
Proud of achievements, talks about ME
all the time. An irritating itch
on susceptible wounds
Urgent medical breakthrough needed
as somebodyism continues to infect
inhabitants of the vale.
Note: I have to admit, I found this prompt difficult. I hope I did it justice.
In response to: “Write a poem that illustrates the symptoms of a quirky made up illness” Dark Poetry for the Cruellest Month Challenge.
I think you did it justice and then some! I feel a bit better to hear that you, too, found it a bit challenging. When I wrote the announcement, I thought this would be one of the easiest poems to write. It wasn’t. I found myself starting at the screen for quite a while.
This is great, Khaya. I love that as the good researcher and analyst you are, you offered a diagnosis, treatment, and suggested further studies. Even more, I really like that although Somebodyism might be made up, some of the behaviors listed in your poem are very real.
Great piece. ♥
Bwahahahaha… “Sombodyism” is rife amongst the online community, yet we still fear a “Zombie outbteak” D XXX
Maybe you should submit this to the DSM (the mental health ‘bible’) committee for their next revision
Love your take on this prompt 😀
I love the name of your illness! (And what you say of it.)
Your spin on the promo is imaginative, I enjoyed reading it.
I agree with Magaly. There are a lot of people suffering from Somebodyism.
Phew! breathing a sigh of relief that my attempt made sense:). I’m enjoying the challenge, it allows for cleaning those dark corners decorated with spider webs. Call it spring cleaning.♥
I’m glad you laughed about this Georgina:D Indeed, signs can be rife but it is with acknowledgement that we can keep them in check…♥
Many thanks Sanaa♥
Thank you Rosemary♥
Thank you Norma:)
Yep! It’s seasonal like hay fever, and some battle it better than others:D
Wow! Quite interesting indeed. Now I am beginning to wonder about this diagnosis called somebodyism. Great attempt.
You absolutely DID do it justice. I love this!
I’m delighted you enjoyed it, De 🙂
What a perfect response to Magaly’s prompt. I think the disease is far more widespread than we would think. Its entirely possible I’m an intermittent sufferer. Great stuff.
Thanks Sarah! I’m an occasional sufferer too. Few I hear, are immune 😀
Very clever Khaya.