The Battle Outside


The Battle Outside


There’s a life out there that’s not for me

an eerie drum of noise weighing me down,

the motion of cars sucking me in and

the bark of a lost soul.

A friendly call from nearby hedge

tries to clear the drone,

awaken air from its still birth,

but life chooses the bitter road.


Julie Stevens


Julie Stevens writes poems reflecting the impact MS has on her life, as well as other topics close to her heart. Her poems have recently been published in Ariel Chart, Dodging the Rain, The Honest Ulsterman and Dreich. Her debut chapbook Quicksand was published by Dreich in September 2020. Website:, Twitter @julesjumping.


  1. our biggest fight lies within. strong work. grateful you decided to share it. that is the first step.

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