This is such a strong and touching piece of poetry. I love the way the senses have been used and described: narrating the sound of dance, scavenging with tongues.

2 thoughts on “Unbind

  1. This poem reminds me of when I had clinical depression which went on for years and years. So often I wanted to kill myself and at one point was about to cut my throat when I was interrupted. Sometimes I was catatonic not able to speak or move and my best friend would try to talk to me and I would just stare at the wall. Most of me thought suicide was the only option. But a small part thought that I was having a very bad reaction to my parents abusive behaviour to me during their divorce and that if I had therapy I might feel better. After 3 years of therapy I recovered from the clinical depression but was still depressed. After this I became addicted to cocaine and alcohol. But now I am 11 years clean and have had a lot of therapy I am happier and more peaceful than I have ever been. I am so pleased I didn’t kill myself as I feel the best part of my life is just beginning now.


    • I’m glad that after all you’ve been through, you’ve been able to find a reason to survive and emerge a happier person. Many people can resonate with depression on different levels. I think that this poem really captures the confusion and loss I felt when I was suffering – because a part of me knew that I hadn’t always felt this way, and I didn’t understand why I had changed.


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