Shawn L. Bird

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poem-wandering August 7, 2018

It is

It isn’t

Round and round

I can!

I can’t!

You do

You don’t

and trying

trying

trying

doesn’t make it easier

to pull your broken brain away

from turbulance

I don’t know you anymore

I don’t like you anymore

Loyalty keeps me doing

because I promised him

and you can’t help being broken

I know.

It is

It isn’t

Time ticks by

I try

I try

I try.

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11 Responses to “poem-wandering”

  1. Dementia and Alzheimer’s rob people of the ability to understand the world and their lives. Sad. I’ve seen it in my own family.

    • as do mental illness and brain injury. 😦

      • Yes. Absolutely correct. Dementia, Alzheimer’s and mental illness all run in my family and I’ve been personally touched with each one.
        I’ve been hospitalized for depression and anxiety so I know it’s a game changer.
        My heart and prayers go out to all people suffering from some type of brain disease or injury.
        Hopefully in both the U.S. there will be more compassion and healthcare options for people. Most of the homeless people I see in the streets and subways suffer from mental illness. Also many are mentally ill Veterans in need of housing and treatment. As a U.S. Army veteran there for the grace of God go I.

      • “Thank you for your service” would mean more if treatment for PTSD was standard.

      • True but as you have probably read or heard military money goes for weapons and this new space force as opposed to the needs of Veterans.

  2. I wrote about Alzheimer’s using the Ella Fitzgerald song, A tisket A Tasket.

    https://dancingpalmtrees.com/2014/10/27/funhouse-mirrors/

  3. “Sunrise, Sunset” comes to mind.

  4. simonfalk28 Says:

    I love the paradoxical tension in this.

  5. i try, i try and i try… till i succeed 🙂


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