Starve the Beast

I wrote a poem that brings out some of own experiences with anxiety. Though it may not work for everyone, I’m often able to stop some of the anxious/ negative thoughts from developing into by switching to thoughts of gratitude. (I have nothing against tigers)

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Born and raised on a farm near Brockville, Ontario, Mark Bierman's childhood consisted of chores, riding horses, snowmobile races across open fields, fishing trips to a local lake, and many other outdoor adventures. He was also an avid reader of both fiction and non. Transitioning towards adulthood also meant moving from the farm and into large urban areas that introduced this country boy to life in the big cities. After a short stint as a private investigator, he moved into the role of Correctional Officer, working at both Millhaven Institution and Kingston Penitentiary, until it closed.

21 thoughts on “Starve the Beast”

  1. Starving how we feed our bodies pleasure too hunger helps us reduce how the body contains our bodies subconscious unatural rhithym = our bodies underlying stresses..

    Which i believe can create and help us stabilise how one feels during one’s conscious self..
    😉👍🙏👌 😡..😁

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  2. Mark, a raw and powerful piece describing the efforts to starve the anxiety, not letting it control you by fear. Having seen my son suffer terribly with anxiety at school and his success at overcoming this I can relate to the writing! It is such a physical overwhelming fear it’s impossible to see beyond it. I’m happy you have found coping mechanisms that have helped!

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    1. I’m glad your son has overcome his struggles. Anxiety and depression are far more prevalent than was previously thought, though many remain silent about their struggle. I was one of them.

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    1. Thank you, Mae. I was always stoic about it, and remained silent about the issue, but I have decided to bring it out into the open . I’m hoping others who are suffering in silence may realize they are not alone.

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