Teen Mental Illness Poem

Poem About Schizophrenia

So, I had to write a poem for school. I couldn't think of anything to write, so I waited and waited. Then, one day, I was thinking about schizophrenia and how sad of an illness it is. So, I wrote a poem about it. I think it rambles a little, but I would love some feedback.

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My son recently told me about the voices. He's been self medicating in hopes they'll go away. My parents were super critical and I could hear the words over and over, and I mistakenly thought...

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Published: July 2012

Insane?
Hallucinations and voices.
I think I'm seeing
Something now.
Look! There it is.
What?
You can't see it?
No, I swear
I'm not insane.
It's right there!
A little girl,
Black hair,
Victorian dress.
She's looking at us,
From across the hall.
She's mumbling something.
As she walks closer.
Where is she going?
I think she's coming,
Towards us.
Wait!
Where did you go?
Please don't leave!
Oh no,
The little girl.
She has a knife.
Please come back!
I need your help!
Where did you go?
You just disappeared.
The girl,
I can hear her now.
She's mumbling about
Death
She's lifting the knife.
Where are you?
I need you now.
She's attacking me.
Now, everything's growing
Blurry and dark.
All I feel is a searing pain
All over my body
You left though.
To save yourself.
You let her attack me.
I can't stay awake
Any longer.
Why are the lights so bright?
I only closed my eyes for a minute
They claim I'm in the hospital
They think I tried to kill myself
I told them about you
And the girl
But they don't believe me
Instead, they sent me away.
To a white rubber room
I have a special jacket
It lets me hug myself
They claim I'm insane.
Beyond repair.
They say you aren't real
Nor, is the girl.
They say I have
Schizophrenia
But, you can prove them wrong.
Just introduce yourself.
I've tried to introduce you.
But, they all look at me,
With pity covering their features.
Please, just say hello.
Then, they'll know, that you're real.

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  • Laura Wyman by Laura Wyman
  • 2 years ago

My son recently told me about the voices. He's been self medicating in hopes they'll go away. My parents were super critical and I could hear the words over and over, and I mistakenly thought that was what he was experiencing because his dad has said some messed up stuff that no child should ever hear in life. Then I thought he might have made up a character to cope, so I'm really glad I not only did research but also wanted to hear from others suffering as well. You did such amazing job, young lady! I'm going to share it with him when he wakes up, any advice you could give me? A do or a don't? Much appreciated, take care and well wishes and just know you're making a difference one reader at a time!
Peace
LauraSusan

  • Nixie by Nixie
  • 2 years ago

I have schizophrenia myself, and I am only 14. I understand the struggles of having this mental problem, and when I read this story it touched my heart and made me cry so much. My family laughed at me for crying, but I believe that it's just a way of saying thank you for understanding how it feels. I appreciate you so much for writing this poem because I believe that so many people can relate to this, and also thank you for this beautiful piece of art. I appreciate this a lot, and I can't wait for something similar to this. It means a lot to me; thank you.
-Nixie

  • Akshit Kumar by Akshit Kumar
  • 3 weeks ago

I can understand your feelings. Don't be ever upset because there's always a new morning waiting for you with a beautiful sunshine.

  • Biskie03 by Biskie03
  • 2 years ago

This poem is so wonderfully written. I haven't been tested for schizophrenia, but I have signs of it, and I feel that I can relate to this poem more than anything in the world. It comes from something within me, that I don't really know, but your writing made me feel something. It was very real to me; you have a gift.

  • Chris C. Davis by Chris C. Davis
  • 3 years ago

I really love this poem. I myself have schizophrenia and its really tough for me. sometimes I can hear the sound of the swing on the playground in front of my house creaking when no one's there or the pounding of a basket ball on the court. As the years progress it's become worse and I have started to see ... things.... Once i thought I saw a little girl hunched over crying at the park so i went over there. Once i got close enough she just dissapeared... it was very weird.... And a couple of nights ago I saw a figure in the dark of my room just staring at me. i went to turn on the light and once it came on she dissapeared again.... she reminds me alot of my little sister, nevaya, (whom i've only seen in pictures) but instead of wearing a dress or something very colorful like she always does she had on my black jacket, jeans, and boots. Very creepy.........

  • Mariska by Mariska, South Africa
  • 4 years ago

Hi, I used your poem for a Drama practical last year and achieved very high marks and I wanted to use it again for this year's. But, all poems have to by a South African writer. I was wondering if you were South African?

  • Kelly by Kelly
  • 5 years ago

My son is 16 and was just diagnosed.... he cannot talk.. can anyone tell me what he is going through?

  • James Willmer by James Willmer
  • 5 years ago

Hey, I have undiagnosed Schizophrenia, this is what it is like with me, except the voices are in my head and get louder and louder the more I ignore them, sometimes I see things and get attacked, last one was yesterday at college they through a knife at me as I entered my classroom and no one could see what I was ducking away .

  • Elizabeth Roquemore by Elizabeth Roquemore
  • 6 years ago

I also loved this poem. I am also schizophrenic, they tell me things and attack me and everything. I hope you stay strong through all of this. Poetry has helped me, I hope it helps you also.

  • Olivia by Olivia
  • 6 years ago

Hi, I really liked this poem, and based my drama piece on the Victorian girl story. I was wondering what your surname is so I can write about it for a school project? Thanks

  • Caleb by Caleb
  • 6 years ago

I loved this poem. I am using it for a performance poetry piece in drama. If I were you I would cut it at blurry and dark because they are two separate stories.

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