The following poem was written in 2004, five months after I was hospitalized. Turning to poetry can be a creative outlet. Even to help work out some painful emotion. Maybe more about that in a future blog post. This poem was published locally in the newspaper and in a book.
A MAN’S HOPE
By: Chato Stewart November 10, 2004
“Only the strong survive,” “men don’t cry,” “the weak are left behind.”
Terms heard in adolescents, words spoken to charge feelings and to set standards. A man’s hope to live up to has father’s expectations. A man’s hope to set his own road to success.
Now cover all you know with mental illness. Tell me where a man’s hope lies? When his life has been lying to himself.
Weakness, seen is also strength.
Weakness is perceived when a deficiency is known.
A man’s hope is to overcome, to show, even the weak of mind are strong and can survive. That even in sorrow I will push ahead. A man’s hope even when behind, I can stand… sturdy… balanced… normal.
It is this man’s hope.
Originally Posted at Chato Stewart’s Mental Health Humor at Psych Central: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor
We’ve talked about taking medication the last few blog posts. Whether you are for medication or for something stronger and all natural like COFFEE, I feel it’s a personal choice.
* Stewart, Chato. (2018). Hope. Psych Central. Retrieved on Oct 28, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2018/10/creative-poetry-outlets-hope/
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