If I skip sleep or refuse to take my
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med's against my doctor's warning, I hear
radio voices at night in my ear;
the voices unhinge me as no one's nearby
when I'm bipolar as I fail to comply
with doctors' orders. It's common, I fear--
I am committed two or three times a year.
It puts my whole life on total standby!
Life with my disorder is difficult;
but it also makes life a real challenge,
a test to surmount--a thing to exult
in when I face it and no longer cringe
from my disease as some evil result
of fate that grimly has me on the fringe.
Ngoc M. Nguyen, 21 December 2013
"To have the soul of a poet is to feel with the mind, and to think with the heart."