she fears
the dark
as it
consumes her
and then
all at once
trapping her
in its
never ending quest
to seize her mind
and bury her soul.

she’s trapped
just a girl
lost in a
mood maelstrom
to capture back
her soul.

she knows
she understands
that the darkness
will only
on its terms
not hers.

she clings
to normalcy
as she waits
and prays
that her mask
will soon come
releasing her
from this
called mood.

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Dori Owen

Dori Owen blogs on, is a columnist on, a contributor/editor for The Lithium Chronicles, created the Facebook page Diary of an Arizona Girl, is an author on AskABipolar, was featured in the books FeminineCollective RAW&UNFILTERED VOL I and StigmaFighters Vol II, and is a zealous tweeter as @doriowen. She's a former LA wild child who settled into grownup life as a project manager, collecting an MBA and a few husbands along the way. Dori spent her adult years in Southern California, with a brief stay in Reno, and has now returned to where she ran away from in Arizona. She is a shown artist, writer, and her favorite pastime is upcycling old furniture she finds from thrift stores. She lives with her beloved rescued terrier, Olivia Twist, and the cat who came to visit but stayed. The love of her life is her grown son in Portland, Oregon who very much resents being introduced after her pets. But she she does love him the most.

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