Have you ever wanted to die, but didn’t want to hurt the people you love? I know that feeling very well. I once had a conversation with a friend in which I accused her of forcing me to stay alive, simply by caring about me. This poem focuses on the connections that anchor us to life (whether we want them to or not).
Like a tree, I stand in place
My branches are burning
But my roots hold me down
So that I cannot run from the flames
No one else knows what it’s like to be a tree on fire
Continue reading “It’s Your Fault That I’m Still Alive”
I saw myself wake up in a hospital room, worried faces peering down at me. Briskly pushing aside the plastic turquoise curtain, a nurse drew blood and took my vitals. Outside it was sunny, but inside everything was dull. Looking down I noticed that my arms were bandaged from wrist to elbow.
Was I happy to be alive? By now, the suicidal thoughts had subsided, but the pain lingered inside my mind. I would have a lot of explaining to do: about what I had done, about myself, and my disease. Except this time, things were different. I had crossed a line, and there was no turning back.
You were waiting outside, and you would never say it but we both knew what this was: a Game Changer. Continue reading “Game Changer”
During my time at the first college I attended, I was forced to leave for a year, because, essentially, I was too depressed. They wanted me off campus, as fast as possible. And they made it very hard to come back. From … Continue reading An Unspoken Ban on Mental Illness
It has been ten years since your first dose of an anti-depressant made you curl up and fall asleep on the floor of an elevator. Ten years since months of deep depression drove you into the hospital, where you were … Continue reading A Decade of Mental Illness
The perfect storm cannot be predicted by a weatherman. It does not involve precipitation falling from the sky. The perfect storm is a human storm. It is a storm that originates in the brain and spreads out until it pours … Continue reading The Perfect Storm