A creative writer at heart, Janis was first published at age 11. Most of her poems express core issues of love, loss, trauma, and healing.
Sanctuaries of Escape and Retreat
Poetry for Escape and Retreat
"In My Bed"
Plunging into cotton bliss
Escaping from the day
Covered up in waves of white
For hours I will stay
All wrapped up in cushion soft
Touching my bare skin
Sinking to my soul beneath
I drift down deep within
Fantasies and dreams arise
In my sleeping state
Floating in my inner world
For answers I do wait
At peace my body lay
Surrounded by a moonlit night
Intrusions held at bay
Nothing else can take its place
When head and pillow meet
Blanketed in quietness
As I fall asleep
Calmly Lit by Natural Light
Escape and Retreat or Are You Depressed?
Retreating to our bedrooms and into the enveloping comfort of our beds is a wonderful way to escape the stress of a long day. Nothing beats the plunge into the blissful, cushy softness of clean linens to caress and massage our cares away.
However, many people who struggle with the diagnosis of depression often retreat to their bedrooms to escape. This is actually resembles the symptom of depression referred to as withdrawal. Some report staying in bed all day, only getting up for bathroom relief or to get something to eat.
Depression can be physically and emotionally debilitating. A major sign of a serious depression is the inability to get out of bed, punctuated by hours of sleep. Another symptom is waking too early and not being able to fall back to sleep.
Although the poem celebrates the comfort and relaxation a bed can give, it is important for depressed persons to distinguish between the need to withdraw and the need for healthy escape.
If you find yourself retreating to your bed as a way to avoid your reality, it could be a sign of depression. Consider employing healthier outlets of escape instead of avoidance. If you've been feeling depressed for a while, reach out to health professional for an assessment.
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© 2014 Janis Leslie Evans