de-ni-al – or: assessment – d’Verse prompt

As I observe her

she has been trained to be

in denial of her own being, truth

be told;

starting at primary school

and throughout her

forties being

told her


were nothing but nerves;

she dismissed them

herself as long as

she could




but then

once woken

she began to treat

her symptoms and

her challenges with

care – not that she

always succeeded


eventually she learned

yes her nervous system

may just be wired



and that

for the purpose

of seeing her through

many a challenge

without further



This piece is dedicated to the social work client who was ridiculed as attention-seeking by a bunch of NHS-professionals and dismissed and who was helped by introducing her to good self help material instead. –

~ by Barbara S on May 3, 2022.

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