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Below is the poem entitled Hypomania which was written by poet Mike Butler. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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I need to be set free from myself from time to time,
Or else, my manic mind will never find peace
Among cognitive processes—the craziness will never cease!
It would seem that someone is trying to undermine 

And distort my coherent thoughts at nighttime;
Sleep keeps me up, never offering solace and release.
I need to be set free from myself from time to time
Or else my manic mind will never find peace.

This evil keeper keeps me imprisoned and confined
Behind huge metal bars black as grease.
I see sanity roam rampant in the yard and graze with geese.
I am a convicted criminal though this illness is not a crime;
I need to be set free from myself—from time to time.

Submitted for Jared's "Rondel" contest

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  1. Date: 6/28/2010 10:18:00 AM
    Congratulations Mike on your win in Jared Pickett's contest "The Rondel". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/15/2010 3:53:00 AM
    Nice inner thoughts well expressed. Good luck in the contest

  1. Date: 6/14/2010 6:27:00 PM
    Sad, good write, good luck on the contest..P.D.

  1. Date: 6/14/2010 4:39:00 PM
    Good luck in this contest..Reads like a winner..Keep the creative pen flowing..Sara

  1. Date: 6/14/2010 4:33:00 PM
    A chillingly well written poem, in that you convey a sense of being trapped withing oneself with ones thoughts and limitations, great work. Good luck in the competition. From Gavin.