Short Poetry – The Comfort Trap


The Comfort Trap
By: Maranda Russell

The comfort trap
has closed around me,
its cold metal arms
crueler than a vice.
But don’t help me out,
for I’ll only find
a creative way
to crawl back in.

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Hi! I am an artist, author, and blogger who also happens to have Asperger’s Syndrome. I have won several awards and honors for my writings and artwork. I suffer from a few severe mental illness and chronic pain conditions (Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, Fibromyalgia, CFS/ME, Ehlers Danlos, Degenerative Disc Disease, etc.), which greatly affects my life and makes me want to advocate for others going through similar things. Other interests of mine include reading, writing, drawing, watching cartoons and movies, collecting toys, hanging out with my family, and annoying my 3 cats.

13 thoughts on “Short Poetry – The Comfort Trap”

  1. Without understanding the context, I’d interpret the comfort trap as depression. In a way, it gives me comfort because I’m no stranger to it but I also have to be careful not to sink myself in too deep until it becomes a trap.

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    1. I think depression is definitely a part of what I wrote. I guess to me, the comfort trap is simply becoming too comfortable where you are, to the point that you resist any and all change, even good ones and don’t try to make advances but instead want to stay and stagnate.

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  2. Ah, I love the picture! And as “my dream walden” stated, without context this could be interpreted many ways. The first thought I had was, “Until the perceived pain of making change is less than the pain of remaining the same, one won’t do something different.”

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