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Poem by 17- and 31-Year-Old Caroline

(I wrote the original parts of this piece in October or November of 1996, after my first psychotic episode.) She was all alone, She felt a deep, painful loneliness when she was young, Doing well in school came easy to her. By the time it happened she was a mediocre student. They took her to a doctor They took her to a psychiatrist And made her stick out among peers. She was unique. Some thought she was weird That part is still true but she no longer cares No one had anything to do with her. After most psychotic episodes, no one had anything to do with her.  People don’t know what to say and it’s scary and it’s just easier.  Besides, that’s what therapists are for.  Some friends plain out disappeared forever, on purpose.  Most folks don’t realize or really care that she needs normalcy and distraction and friends because people she’s met in mental hospitals are CRAZY.  Two of them died, Two of the people who seemed to care the most died, The first at the end of one era Her grandmother died toward the end of her innocence When she was too young to realize What life does to […]

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