forthelonghaul.org - struggles with mental illness
“A little over four months ago I was in a mental hospital for about a month. In the U.S., mental illness is something not talked about and we are taught to feel a lot of shame around and feel that we are alone. For this reason I feel it is important to be open about mental illness. And so, I dedicate this poem to all of you who struggle with mental illness.”
Poppin' pills daily - got me crazy,
insurance co-pays track me weighly.
Addictions got me locked in ways I never knew to be;
meekly evade the subliminal toxicity;
lifetime supply prescribed,
neatly packaged individually;
separate and alone,
I watch my mind disengage to the beat of a metronome;
see through to the strings of the master
who controls the puppets dome.
Judgment cut by the
Moving through the motions
that the doctor diagnosed me.