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On The Brink

Misbegotten pair, 
two-faced aggravation, 
the seduction of sweet solace 
or the inarticulation of despair. 

Uneasy 'neath the spell of peerless rapture, 
false respite from the ravages of fear, 
or defenseless and imperilled 
by a sadness that is too extreme to bear.


...for all bi-polar sufferers.

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  1. Date: 3/1/2014 1:46:00 PM
    Nice poem Keith; I don't have that problem, but I have others, that are pretty bad. Thanks for sharing.... Lucilla

  1. Date: 2/4/2014 2:35:00 AM
    Very nice poem

  1. Date: 1/24/2014 3:44:00 PM
    What a great poem. Its nice reading your piece once again. Keep on writing please.

  1. Date: 12/25/2013 6:41:00 PM
    Hey Keith....I hope this finds you well and enjoying family during the holiday season...your words heart a great deal..I sometimes wonder if everyone doesnt at times feel this know I do..expressed tremendously...

  1. Date: 12/24/2013 5:20:00 AM
    Keith--Dropping by with SMILES and CHRISTMAS CHEERS. Thank You for making this a great year for ALL OF US. --- May magic fill your days and all your dreams come true this holiday season. MERRY CHRISTMAS <3 Love Linda -The Sweetest Poet Destroyer

  1. Date: 12/9/2013 4:09:00 PM
    Great write Keith. about a horrible condition...well done....peter

  1. Date: 12/2/2013 8:37:00 AM
    miss you.

  1. Date: 12/1/2013 3:39:00 AM
    How are things Keith.? Haven't seen much of you for a while..'

  1. Date: 11/28/2013 7:08:00 PM
    yes, even more destructive than this, certainly a hard row to hoe [sigh] Light & Love

  1. Date: 11/27/2013 5:02:00 PM
    great read very deep poem

  1. Date: 11/23/2013 3:12:00 PM
    Such a vivid portrayal of bipolar disease you have written here Keith. It sounds like a terrible thing to suffer with. nice write....peter

  1. Date: 11/22/2013 7:26:00 PM
    wow... This is me on the edge of everything... Keith, deep write... Linda

  1. Date: 11/19/2013 4:02:00 PM
    an eloquent portrayal of this horrid disease. One of our friends' daughters just killed herself and she was bipolar. She did it during an "upswing" . He told us because she felt more in control doing it when she was not even in despair at that point. She was so bright and beautiful. such a waste.

  1. Date: 11/19/2013 1:05:00 PM
    silence has its time...but this poem give me the feeling that this is not its time so to express is by all mean the best... love the write...

  1. Date: 11/12/2013 2:17:00 PM
    What a challenge, so many people each with stuff to deal with Keith, each quantified by greater or lesser degrees of weight; and who knows wether just because of each illness being upon a person is the reality..Or the way each person views their hardship is where the problem hits in..?

  1. Date: 10/29/2013 11:26:00 PM
    I can relate to this poem, to some extent. I sometimes go through moods of deep sadness and despair. And, the one thing that helps me get over it, is writing about it. I believe that poetry can be very therapeutic. A terrific poem, with amazing descriptions. Very well done, Keith!...Thank you so much for the encouraging comments!

  1. Date: 10/29/2013 11:21:00 AM
    Stunning articulation of something so chaotic to define. "Misbegotten pair, two-faced aggravation," Stunning depth and eloquence with wise discernment for a condition that many people apparently suffer. I know this only from experiencing with a family member.

  1. Date: 10/29/2013 8:46:00 AM
    Dear Keith - "the inarticulation of despair" and "peerless rapture" So succinct your words yet so encompassing. My heart breaks for friends inflicted. Your understanding runs deep. love, Kathy

  1. Date: 10/28/2013 2:31:00 PM
    Amazing work... I thought this was very powerful. I'll have to read this to my sister who enjoys poetry as well. She is bipolar, and it helps her to write her feelings down. At times, she can get so down that she feels like she simply can't bear it. You seem to understand very well. Always, Laura

  1. Date: 10/28/2013 4:43:00 AM
    a very distressing condition i am sure ,well put across Kieth xx