Saturday 15 April 2023


Madeleine describes the feeling of recovering from poor mental health and the relief it brings.

- Madeleine Chamberlain

Relief pours through my veins 
I feel myself becoming me again 
A thousand colours blended into one 
Fitting together like an imperfect jigsaw  
I think sometimes it takes a blend of grey  
To reach the calm of the night sky  
I feel the shame wash away  
As I rinse my fears with glimmers of hope 
You’re not crazy for feeling the extremes 
Just human

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I'm Madeleine, one of the Sub-Editors of the blog. I thought I would contribute this poem to the blog for National Poetry Month as poetry has helped me sort through many difficult emotions and thoughts. I'm a recent graduate from The University of York with a passion for writing and mental health awareness. 

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