Mental Illness Poem

Poem From The Perspective Of The Mentally Ill

This poem I wrote feels close to my heart. It's not professional, but is truely felt. I have family with mental and physical health problems And in my job it's what I care for.

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I haven't been on for a while, but yes, it was related to my nan who suffered with Alzheimer's for 4 years. It was a horrible, very slow disease, which is horrible to watch and even worse to...

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I Need You

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Published: November 2013

Can you hear, I need you
I promise I'm trying call aloud
Can you see, I need you
I promise I'm trying wave my hand
Can you feel, I need you
I promise I'm trying to touch your arm
Can you tell, I need you
I promise I'm not calm

I sit in the corner silent and still,
People see I'm mentally ill,
Physically gone,
Actions, I have none
But I promise I'm not gone

So next time I need you,
Remember to take time
As I may not be perfect but I'm still alive
Years of hope, times of regret
We all live for the future,
Destiny takes care of the rest

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  • Karleen Burke by Karleen Burke
  • 2 years ago

I am currently a mental health student nurse and I have also worked in a dementia unit for the past 7 years. This poem is poignant to me as I feel it applies to Alzheimer's and dementia. This is a lovely poem.

  • Kelly by Kelly Poet
  • 4 months ago

I haven't been on for a while, but yes, it was related to my nan who suffered with Alzheimer's for 4 years. It was a horrible, very slow disease, which is horrible to watch and even worse to imagine what they go through. It's indescribable. But thank you for the views on this poem. I do like to read it back when I think of her. Thank you.

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