someone challenged my lotr knowledge. Now i am having a marathon for one just to prove i was right!
Middle earth! AKA New Zealand
Hi everyone, as an artist and someone who survives and struggles with anxiety disorder, I have often found visualizations to be helpful when experiencing stress or panic attacks. I’m Siksika/Lakota Sioux and for our culture, the whale is a very calming and nurturing relative.
The Panic Bird
just flew inside my chest. Some
days it lights inside my brain,
but today it’s in my bonehouse,
rattling ribs like a birdcage.
If I saw it coming, I’d fend it
off with machete or baseball bat.
Or grab its scrawny hackled neck,
wring it like a wet dishrag.
But it approaches from behind.
Too late I sense it at my back —
carrion, garbage, excrement.
Once inside me it preens, roosts,
vulture on a public utility pole.
Next it flaps, it cries, it glares,
it rages, it struts, it thrusts
its clacking beak into my liver,
my guts, my heart, rips off strips.
I fill with black blood, black bile.
This may last minutes or days.
Then it lifts sickle-shaped wings,
rises, is gone, leaving a residue —
foul breath, droppings, molted midnight
feathers. And life continues.
And then I’m prey to panic again.