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In Other Words #DVersepoets #Quadrille

Someone says panic attack, adrenaline spike,

low, calm, and confident,

laying a diagnosis out like a challenge,

while I sit here,

stumped, all root and no branch

to climb up,

to escape by,

not a spike but a stake

pinning me in this place.



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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. Powerful stuff, indeed, Carol.
    I LOVE this:
    “stumped, all root and no branch”

    I can see it. I can FEEL it. And I have been there.

  2. A disquieting quadrille, Carol, that reminds me of a time I felt that way – you’ve captured it too well in ‘stumped, all root and no branch’ and ‘not a spike but a stake / pinning me in this place’. It gave me goosebumps.

  3. Glenn Buttkus says

    I, too, was hooked by /all root, no branches/; reminds me of one of the Western sayings, “all hat”. Last year I dealt with panic attacks and insomnia myself; meds and counseling saved the day for me.

  4. Nice portrayal of a diagnosis as a challenge: “laying a diagnosis out like a challenge” I tend to think of them as challenges.

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