…something

i look into your face
there is no trace
of recognition
in your eyes

and i don’t know
what gets me worse,
that you don’t know me
or how cliche
that first stanza sounds

getting right down to
the meat of the matter

we are living our lives
full of parting shots
and one-offs
no conversations had,
words left dangling,
left wondering,
as if a complete exchange
would signify,
i don’t know…
something

glb /// “…something”

a wedding song (non-traditional)

like honey dripped from a cherry
to your tongue you bring a
sweetness to the world that I
have never tasted before

you twist and turn with every
drip of lust wrenched from
your lips as you spin like a
dervish in celebration and
anticipation of our nuptials

come here to me and let
me lift the veil, we know
better than the flowing
pearlescent frock you wear,
which we will enforce
as soon as I can get you alone

for now we’ll tow the
traditional line, if I can keep
myself away, on this altar,
vows said, you have kissed
me to attention and I am
prepared to march on
that alabaster keep

glb /// “a wedding song (non-traditional)”

Causation 1

Thinking on it, my brain says, “you got out of that pretty easily”. Then I get standoffish (to my own mind) “what the hell are you talking about?” Surely, he couldn’t be talking about cancer. We* chose invasive surgery over chemo and even with the enormous physical cost to me, all the margins were clean and I did not need to have chemo or radiation treatments. I just needed to heal. It was only a short while before I could get back to work, and another before I resumed somewhat normal daily activities.

I know that my experience has been different than many, many others. I consider myself extremely fortunate. But, my opinion is completely different than that . I got through it, yes. I’m still alive today, yes. I still have pain in the area of the surgery. I think what I “suffer form” now is remorse that I beat that thing, and in a smaller amount of time.

After that period of recovery I started treatment for depression. It was 19 years later that I was diagnosed with Bipolar II Disorder (BPD). So, I am frequently pushing it around my head. Did the cancer cause BPD? There is, of course, not any way to know. There have been some experiences in my life that make me think that BPD has likely been with me for a long time. I know that the diagnosis was later in life for me. There are, however, some things that happened in the years leading up to the diagnosis that might be seen as evidence of BPD. So here’s the question I’ve been asking for a while.

Can a trauma cause BPD, or any other disorder or mental issue?

*We is actually my father. He’s the one who, while I was under, communicated with the surgeon and decided to go the aggressive route. Keep going until the margins are clean. Virtually ensuring that chemo and radiation would not be necessary.

weather

I am raked across the pit, but I’m not burning. This fire has gone out, no one has tended to it for a long while.  I am left to grapple with the hardened logs where my fire used to exist. They only scrape and char with every hand hold I try to get. Barking out the dust with every breath, stretching and straining against the dark. I can see where I need to go, it’s getting there that provides the pain.

I seem to find myself here, or someplace close to here when it happens. I seem to find a way out every time. It’s different every time. But I don’t expect to win, every time, any hope I have is dashed against something ominous. I can’t tell myself that it will pass, that only serves to make it worse, longer or darker or both.

So, I wait. I weather and wait. Learning more every time. Not quite getting it, until I do. And that is where everything comes together or comes apart.

Now I am just rambling and wavering and I should stop.

It’s just not as easy as “pulling yourself up and soldiering on”

EXCUSES

It’s not about excuses. No doubt, I struggle, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. There are things I can point to, of course. But given all the experience I’ve had, I find myself worried at times. I don’t always recognize what’s going on, especially where Bipolar depression is involved. I’m not trying to define what it is. I’m just hoping to understand what it is in me. I can say that I feel as if I am surviving but I can also say that I wish surviving was better than it is.

Cross the Gap

When I started this blog/website, whatever it is, my intent was to focus on writing. A previous version had been about writing and talking about Bipolar Disorder and I, well I had mistakenly thought that I was “over” the disorder. We all know that doesn’t happen. As my favorite psychiatrist (Dr M) said on our first meeting “You know this is for life, don’t you.” That was 10 years ago. He retired last year and I miss him. it’s going to take a while to get even a quarter that comfortable with the new guy. Meanwhile, I need to build some tools to help me cross the gap. I’m looking for a support group in my area. I’m looking for a job (something minor and not too complicated). There are complications, not much life is without that. But they make want to push the keyboard away and watch reruns of MAS*H….. or worse CSI Miami.

What I would like to do here is start or join a conversation. I’m in need of some intelligent discourse. Comment here, send me an email, I’d love to hear from anyone out there.

Thank you,
Gavin

lessened

who has the space to carry other people’s choices
i have them violently spinning around my head
in opposition to my own private gyroscope
i perceive them as more important
i let them push their way in and as mine go crashing out
i am diminished, even as i am trying to convince myself
that i am somehow more because i am allowing myself
to  be lessened

glb /// “lessened”

bipolar dream

i don’t want to be lucky
i don’t want the big prizes
the silly balloons falling
or even the gigantic check
 
instead i want anonymity
to be overlooked
a number five on the chart
medium in the world of extar-large
 
i would rather go about my day
move along, “nothing to see here”
feel happy, but just happy enough
 
i can
pay my bills on time
have a little left over “for me”
 
once a week take a cab instead of the bus
so don’t expect much
you get what you see
i’m ordinary wrapped
in a plain brown bag
i’ll just sit here on the couch
watching re-runs of csi
waiting for my 11 o’clock
bed time
 
there’s nothing remarkable about
the things that i do
the music i like
the books that i read
 
me
 
glb /// “bipolar dream”