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MY WORRY BEAST

There is something that hides
Deep down inside
That makes stress and upset increase
It takes away joy
From a girl or a boy
And I call it my Worry Beast
It’s dark and it’s bad
It makes me feel sad
I’m anxious and fearful and tense
My tummy starts aching
My body starts shaking
I get thoughts that don’t make any sense

It’s not cuddly or cute
It’s a bit of a brute
It’s where my fears are always released
It’s grabby and snappy
It makes me unhappy
It’s the thing I call my Worry Beast

Worry Beast appears
To wind up my fears
About being apart from my Mum
I worry, you see
Because she looks after me
And gives hugs when I’m feeling glum
Worry Beast giggles
Then jumps up and wriggles
When it knows that I’m missing my friends
Saying “They’ve all forgotten!
You’re right to feel rotten!
Because this is where your friendship ends!”

It’s not cuddly or cute
It’s a bit of a brute
It’s where my fears are always released
It’s grabby and snappy
It makes me unhappy
It’s the thing I call my Worry Beast

Worry Beast stares at me
Rubbing it’s hands with glee
When I look at myself in the mirror
It says “Where do I begin?
You’ll never fit in!
You’re odd; it just couldn’t be clearer”
Worry Beast says to me
“You’ll fail, can’t you see?
You know you’ll get everything wrong
You’ll make a mistake
For goodness sake!
Then they’ll know you were scared all along”

It’s not cuddly or cute
It’s SUCH a brute
It’s where my fears are always released
It’s grabby and snappy
It makes me unhappy
It’s the thing I call my Worry Beast

Worry Beast’s full of spite
But it’s not very bright
Because I know what makes it afraid
Worry Beast’s obsession
Is that it HATES expression;
Show your feelings, and it gets dismayed
Music or Art
Will tear it apart
Write a poem or sing it a song
Draw a picture each day;
That’ll chase it away!
Express your feelings and make yourself strong

Be brave and courageous
Just be outrageous!
Put all of your feelings on show
Just talk about things
Give that Worry Beast wings
Because you are AMAZING, you know!

 

(Commissioned for Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week 2021)

By Juli Frances Taylor