Evolving Emotions: Centrifuge

Having depression and anxiety is kind of a

Funny thing. 


Those depressed moods

However awful they are

Remain comfortable 

Remain separate from the whirlwind of

Thought and obsessive


I can’t fall from the floor


There is no surprise 

No jarring suddenness 


Just peace in the low and dull

It’s a sick cycle

That enraptures 

Makes me yearn for the consistency 

That is ruining my life.


You don’t take chances

There’s no point


You don’t try things

Why would I?


Are you ever going to start living your life?

Do you want the truth?


Maybe a day will come

When the anxiety isn’t so grand

And the depression seems just a little 



A day where I step out from the centrifuge

That whirls and spirals

And step into the light


With a novelty I never knew 

And a take on life 

I had never held in my hands

With a world of possibilities 

I had yet to realize



Erin Knape is a University of Michigan junior majoring in psychology and minoring in creative writing. Her greatest passion has always been the arts, whether that be writing, painting, or photography. Capturing Campus, a weekly installment of poetry and photography, aims to capture campus life through artistic expression. Dive into Capturing Campus every Sunday!

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