it does not have me

my defenses harden
against those that
attack my integrity
my ability to act
as a normal human
my secret has been
brought out
into the light
I have spent years
learning to live
with it, I am the
one who is best
equipped to deal with it
to repel the barrage
unfairly melding my
infirmity with me
I am not my affliction
this disorder and I
are not the same
I have Bipolar
but it does not
have me

glb /// “it does not have me”
originally published 01/14/2014