A Way to Cope

I’ve learned that having a distraction is good

Over the past several days

I have spent less time speaking to the voices

In my head

I used to sit for hours

And talk to them

Now that my time is occupied

With caring for two little lives

I’ve found a way

To keep the voices at bay

It’s nice not feeling so lonely

And not finding myself talking to the voices only

After thinking only meds would fix me

I now feel that this is a good way to treat

My schizophrenia, depression and anxiety

I still continue to take all my meds

As it still helps with the rest

Of my symptoms

But being a pet owner is a therapeutic way to help cope with them

And it’s nice to have little kittens

To care for and play with

Patrika Williamson


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