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If anxiety was an animal what would it be and why?

I would choose a tiger. Something that would hunt you down. Something that is capable of hiding away and then seizing you unexpectedly.

However....Deep down I know that Tigers aren't around in my life. There is no real threat. I know this and the more I tell myself this the less afraid I feel.

TIGER, tiger, burning bright

In the forests of the night,

What immortal hand or eye

Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies

Burnt the fire of thine eyes?

On what wings dare he aspire?

What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder and what art

Could twist the sinews of thy heart?

And when thy heart began to beat,

What dread hand and what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?

In what furnace was thy brain?

What the anvil? What dread grasp

Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,

And water'd heaven with their tears,

Did He smile His work to see?

Did He who made the lamb make thee?

Tiger, tiger, burning bright

In the forests of the night,

What immortal hand or eye

Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

Terrifying but so very beautiful........Did he who made the lamb make thee?

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Dear Michael1969,

I pick a virus. It is kind of invisible and very small and yet very damaging when it strikes. It also appears to hide or something like that and therefore difficult to manage or deal with.

warmest regards,



Well Love your poem & picture ;-)

Mine would be a snake , I don't like them , if one came near me , it would frighten the you no what out of me , just like this can at times

They lurk about just waiting & then they can bite & be lethal , just how this can feel at its worse

I see them as deceiving creatures , just like this , in fact I relate snakes to lots if things in this world , can even relate to life , humans even

Mine is a bit negative , but I am not a morning person ;-)

Good blog though





One of my favourite poems Michael but today a different Blake poem came to mind:

O Rose thou art sick.

The invisible worm,

That flies in the night

In the howling storm:

Has found out thy bed

Of crimson joy:

And his dark secret love

Does thy life destroy.

That's anxiety/depression for me - a nasty insidious things that creeps into your life and destroys it from the inside out.

Really must try to be more positive!!!

Hope you're ok.




My CBT keeps likening panics to meeting a saber tooth tiger. And as lovely as a Tiger is. For me a panic is far more frightening, far more dangerous.

So for me, I'm thinking an "Alien" like on the films, unbeatable, perfect in its structure, and a hunter like no other, in other words, if there's one of these around we are well and truelly f...cked :-)

I met one yesterday in tesco's, it impressed me, even though I'm not supposed to be impressed by it, so much so I couldn't move, lol.

Till the mightiest warrior of them all came to my rescue, god bless Dr. Claire Weekes, she eats tigers snakes viruses and even aliens for breakfast :-)



Dear Michael1969,

As i was walking along the pavement i realised something about my animal to describe anxiety, the virus, which I would like to add. I might have chosen the virus since i see it as more an animal inside my body.

warmest regards,



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