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My poem won a prize!!…

I am still feeling a bit lethargic, which isn’t surprising. I went to bed at 8pm last night as I was fighting off sleep. I woke at 5.30ish and then slept again for a couple of hours. I am feeling the heaviness in my chest now. To think I should have done something on Saturday is a learning curve. There is no use in crying over spilt milk. (I would never say that to someone else, it is too blunt, I would say it more gently.)

I am supposed to go to a poetry reading tonight. I will have to see how I feel. I hope I will go, as I love to go out in the evening.

I just got an email to say that my poem Who I Am will be published by Hedgehog Press next year along with nine others. This is really thrilling. I am always thrilled to appear in anthologies, but one with only ten poems is really special. It has really cheered me up while I am feeling unwell.

I have to go to a medical tomorrow. A friend was going to take me, but has let me down, another friend is unavailable, so I will have to take a bus. I have angst over this, like I used to get angst when in an airport. I always had a dread that I would miss my plane.

By Chrisssie Morris Brady

I've read poetry since I was nine and have written creatively since I was fourteen (probably long before that). After writing book reviews and social comment, I decided I wanted to write poetry. I have no formal training, but I surround myself with poets and their writing. I am honing my craft.
I have two published collections which I don't feel good about, but have been published by madswirl.com and other publications. I live on the south coast of England with my daughter. I am seriously ill.

18 replies on “My poem won a prize!!…”

I hope you make it to the poetry reading. And try a coping exercise for the angst you’re feeling. Maybe by planning for the worst that can happen; read something you enjoy; look back at today from 6 months from now and see whether this situation is still as big as you’re seeing it to be now. Try imagining everything going as it should, or even better than you expect it to go. Jot down three things you worried about in the past that didn’t come to fruition. All the best to you

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My angst will be over once I get to the bus station! I know which bus I need to catch. It’s just what time, but there is one every five minutes. I’m being ridiculous but thank you. I’m showered and dressed to go to the reading. Just need to put on boots and jacket.

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