Friday, November 29, 2013

MADHOUSE POEM: Psychiatry for the Lonely

Patient: Lonely
Illness: Heartbreak, Doubt
Treatment: Psychiatry Appointment
Case Number: 173 "Embrace Your Madness"
Residing Nurse: Hysteria


Psychiatry for the Lonely
By Stephanie M. Wytovich

Imagine
If you didn't have to be invisible,
If you didn't have to hide,
If you were with someone,
Someone who let you
Be you:
Crazy, wonderful,
Awful,
Beautiful
You.

Now

Imagine
If you didn’t have to be covered in dust,
If you didn’t have to be covered in cobwebs,
If you were loved by someone,
Someone who understood the
Darkness in
Your soul:
Your sad, scary
Frighteningly
Insane,
Soul.

Now

Imagine
If that someone related to the madness
If that someone saw your beauty
And loved the death in your eyes,
If that someone loved
Your faults:
Your addictions, your sickness,
Your slurs,
Ticks,
And shakes.

And

Imagine
If you let yourself fall in love
Instead of in suicide,
Instead of in loneliness,
And let that someone      
Save you:
Chaotic, intense,
Blissfully neurotic,
Exquisitely
Perfect
You.
 
Now
 
Accept
That it's possible to break your restraints
To walk out of solitary
Out of lockdown
And open your heart,
Your broken,
Shattered,
Bleeding, needing
Heart.
 
Now tell me,
Tell me how that makes you feel.