Hypomanic: Something Had to Break

Something Had to Break

Hypomanic

Irritable

On verge of tears

Over-stimulated

Over-scheduled

Too many demands

Too many changes

Too soon

Must scale back

Spoke to psychologist

Contacted psychiatrist

In bed

Resting

Now

 

Sandstorm

Thousands of Needles

She was a young girl
Living in a company compound
The only barrier between her
And the vast Arabian desert
A chain link fence

One day after school
A haboob, a desert sandstorm
Swept in through that flimsy fence
Thousands of needles
Drove into the thin skin
Of her face, arms and legs

She was not dressed
For the desert
She was dressed
As an American girl
Of the 1960s
In a sleeveless mini dress

She was blinded by the storm
By the flying needles of sand
When she opened her eyes
They stabbed her
When she shut her eyes
The grit remained

She could not see
She was lost in the storm
She had no idea where to go
What to do
Aside from wait

Even as an adult
Her memory is of
Thousands of needles
Stabbing her
Blinding her
Leaving her lost

Not of how it ended
Not of how or when the storm ended
Not of how or when she got out of the storm

Who Am I Really?

Mystic Bipolar Crazy Bitch in permanent marker font on forehead of selfie showing eyes & forehead

Who am I really?
Mystic bipolar
Crazy bitch
Compassionate healer
Mental health advocate
Creative, passionate, intelligent
Wife and mother
Living purposefully
That purpose unfolds daily
As I parent my son
As I write, as I blog
As I connect with others
As I share mental health resources
As I dip my toe into volunteer work
Honestly, though, I’m a diva
Who belongs on stage
Preaching her message
For all to hear

Kitt O’Malley: Featured Poet

To have Laura A. Lord, a bona fide, gifted, published poet, someone formally educated in writing, feature me on her site as a “poet”… well, I’m flattered to say the least. Check out Laura’s work at LauraALord.com. She’s awesome. Her writing blows me away.

Laura A. Lord

There is seldom a greater compliment than having your work inspire others to respond with their own poetry. Let’s give a warm welcome to Kitt O’Malley.


Kitt_Gray Kitt O’Malley is a mother and wife who lives with bipolar disorder. She is licensed in California as a Marriage and Family Therapist, but hasn’t practiced as a psychotherapist in over 20 years. She has a bachelors in legal studies from UC Berkeley, a masters in psychology from New College of California, and has attended Fuller Theological Seminary. Her career path has included working as a legal assistant, psychotherapist, and commercial real estate professional. Obviously, she can’t stick to one thing for very long.
 My Response to Laura A. Lord’s Of Roots and Wreckage

Answering the call of Laura Lord’s poetry
I write not as a poet
For I have not Lord’s skill nor gift
But in response to her words moving mine
That, in…

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