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Creative Poetry By Chato Stewart – Trigger WARNING

Trigger WARNING: Suicidal Intent and Imagery  – Trigger WARNING: Referencing topic on Self-Injury (Self-Harm) or Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI).  

Early in 2004, I was having an issue with depression and it just got out of control. When my medications prescribed to treat my depression sent me into a hallucinogenic tailspin, ultimately landing me in the crisis stabilization unit.

Branded the date of the event permanently on forearm — my  “version of a suicide note” a reporter would call it later in an interview.

I share this not to for any shock value or to brag. But to help people see because some get help once or twice or 77 times, it does mean they are out of the woods.

This is a process that has its ups and downs – I was only four months out of the hospital when I wrote the poem below “Here But Gone”.

UPDATE:  10/31/18 When originally posted I had the “Trigger Warning” in the title and just above the poem.  I forgot to add the large text Trigger Warning as I did at the top of this post, as I did with the other three in this series.  I just added it to this post. I apology for anyone who did not read any my other post who would have seen I went over and above many other “trigger warning” blog post.   I also edited how the reporter described my self-harm.

“Trigger WARNING: Suicidal Intent and Imagery  – Trigger WARNING: Referencing topic on Self-Injury (Self-Harm) or Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI). ” 

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Poem By Chato Stewart

Trigger WARNING: Suicidal Intent and Imagery –  Bullet reference, Implying Death As Solution

HERE BUT GONE

Chato B. Stewart           November 10, 2004

The time of joy …gone

The time of remembrance … gone

The time of laughter …gone

The time it-self …gone

 

    I’m still here.

          I’m still here?

          I’m still here!

 

The time for balance …gone

The time for control …gone

The time for understanding …gone

The time it-self …gone

 

      I’m here.

          I’m here?

          I’m here!

 

A mind in a windstorm,

emotions at polar opposites and fear takes hold. 

Instinct sets in…Silent cries for help unheard.

The core of a man, a shell of a failure…

One solution…

One end…

One bullet…

 

Here but gone.

 

    I’m gone.

          I’m gone?

          Gone! 

 

 

Chato Stewart

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Originally Posted at Chato Stewart’s Mental Health Humor at Psych Central: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor

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Reference
Stewart, Chato. (2018). Poem. Psych Central. Retrieved on Oct 30, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2018/10/creative-poetry-by-chato/

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Creative Poetry By Chato Stewart – Trigger WARNING

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). [email protected]


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APA Reference
Stewart, C. (2018). Creative Poetry By Chato Stewart – Trigger WARNING. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 21, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2018/10/creative-poetry-by-chato/

 

Last updated: 31 Oct 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 31 Oct 2018
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