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I Am As I Am

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I Am As I Am


	Perhaps
	you've wondered 
	what’s up with me, 
	why I’m blue some days, 
	other times electric yellow,
	why I talk too fast
	or not at all,
	why I cry, 
	then laugh, 
	then cry again. 
	You may have been puzzled 
	by my sometimes strangeness, 
	about what makes me tick. 
	The fact is, 
	I always tell the correct time; 
	all you have to do is ask. 

	Since you asked...

	I have a disorder, 
	or two, 
	or three.
	I have bipolar, you see, 
	and I get the rollercoaster 
	that comes with it.
	The only questions are:
	how steep the climb, 
	how fast the fall? 

	I’m not crazy 
	(I avoid the “C” word.);
	I have an illness 
	(I’m not that illness.);
	I take my meds 
	(two blue and three white).
	I lead a normal life, 
	whatever “normal” means. 
	I no longer feel 
	the stigma of being different. 
	I am as I am.

	There you have it, 
	the skim of my truth. 
	Now you know about me; 
	what’s your story?

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  1. Date: 7/9/2013 7:07:00 PM

    this is fantastic.I do think you know how I feel.I stopped all my meds recently.If I cant make it without them,I don't need to be here.Love Colleen

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan Date: 7/9/2013 8:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    DBSA = Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, www.dbsalliance.org/ The site can connect you with local groups and facilitators. It's not AA or a twelve step program, just people like you and me.
    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan Date: 7/9/2013 8:47:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    From my personal experience, if you are going to go off your meds, tell your doctor to help you do so. Your doc will object, as he/she should, but will probably help you. Don't do cold turkey! I don't know where you live, but you could contact a chapter of DBSA, a support group. I belong, and I'm glad I do. My best hopes to you. Jack
  1. Date: 6/10/2013 6:00:00 AM

    Congrats on your win with this one, Jack. It's well deserved!

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan Date: 6/10/2013 6:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Caleb. Sometimes it's therapeutic to just speak one's fears out loud. I appreciate your comment... Jack
  1. Date: 6/9/2013 9:37:00 PM

    A true gem from the heart! I enjoyed your enlightened poem Jack. Big Congrats to you on your well deserved placement in the contest. AO

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan Date: 6/9/2013 10:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you. I appreciate the comments... Jack
    Oyewole Avatar Abdulhafeez Oyewole Date: 6/9/2013 10:01:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Typo! ...craziness...
    Oyewole Avatar Abdulhafeez Oyewole Date: 6/9/2013 10:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes Jack, you aren't crazy. There is no crazy in being realistic.
  1. Date: 6/9/2013 12:52:00 AM

    Congratulations on your well-deserved awesome win and great write my dear friend Jack! love/hugs, Leonora

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan Date: 6/9/2013 8:47:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you , Lenora. Your comment means a lot to me... Jack
  1. Date: 6/9/2013 12:18:00 AM

    Congrats on your first place win. It is always refreshing to read an honest work. Keep on writing. SuZ

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan Date: 6/9/2013 8:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    hak you for the kind words... Jack
  1. Date: 6/8/2013 11:20:00 PM

    reading the comments below, I can see this is a truthful poem. I like the way you tell your story. You are not alone in this. My hubbie takes three pills for depression/anxiety. On a bad day, even the pills hardly work. Sorry for your struggles, Jack.

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan Date: 6/9/2013 8:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, Andrea. I really appreciate your husband's plight. Please give him my best. I'm going to attempt to send you a soup mail... Jack
  1. Date: 6/8/2013 3:34:00 PM

    Many, many permutations of normal. Congratulation on your superb win Jack. A well deserve win. Warm Smiles, Connie

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan Date: 6/8/2013 4:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, Connie.
  1. Date: 6/8/2013 2:04:00 PM

    Not sure I know what 'normal' is either, Jack (Maybe there's no such thing?) This kinda reminds me of a Waylon Jennings song... 'I've ALWAYS been crazy and that's what's kept me from going insane'... Congratulations with this outstanding and courageous peace of work - Tim

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan Date: 6/8/2013 2:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, Tim. Waylon may have had it right. When I was much younger I assumed everyone I knew was okay. I now realize there are many permutations of normal, and many more that just aren't.
  1. Date: 6/8/2013 11:29:00 AM

    Congratulations!!! Jack, nice to see you on Nates' winning list. By the looks of his winners, it seems as if he's a real picky person.... xox~ Linda

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan Date: 6/8/2013 11:38:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Linda. To tell the truth, the poem is so personal I wasn't certain it was appropriate for the contest. I guess it was.. Jack
  1. Date: 6/7/2013 8:22:00 PM

    congrats on your win, close enough to the theme'

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan Date: 6/7/2013 9:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, and thanks for considering my writing, especially for something personal.
  1. Date: 4/13/2013 9:54:00 AM

    This is so touching Jack and I am honored that you expressed yourself in a well crafted poem designed to show you trials in life to us today. Anxiety and panic attacks are very crippling and you seem like you are doing the best you can and that's all we can do right? One day at a time. Thanks for commenting on my poem The Way To Fly. Wishing you a great weekend. Hugs and luv, Gail

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan Date: 4/15/2013 5:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you for your kind and very understanding reply. Talking about my disorder, much less writing and publishing it, is an entirely new experience. I had no idea what the reaction might be. They have all been supportive though, which I appreciate. Thanks for yours... Jack
  1. Date: 4/11/2013 9:29:00 PM

    Jack; Thanks for telling us about yourself. When we get to a certain age - we all have problems. To me you are a fine gentleman ..... Lucilla

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan Date: 4/11/2013 9:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you, Lucilla. That's a very kind thing for you to say. And you're exactly right about age... Jack
  1. Date: 4/11/2013 10:22:00 AM

    Good one Jack! This poem shows me a lot more about who you are as a person. I wouldn't say I have a disorder; aside from being antsy, nervous, pacing constantly, and a little on the OCD side. I haven't been able to check up on some of my favorites poets cause I've been in the UK (and still am) on vacation. I hope I can stop by more often!

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan Date: 4/11/2013 10:25:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Timothy. I hope you are enjoying your time in the UK. Stop by anytime... Jack
  1. Date: 4/10/2013 12:19:00 PM

    Way to lay it out there, Jack. You sound cool and unpredictable....the most interesting kind of person...Great work!

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan Date: 4/10/2013 12:39:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Caleb. That means a lot to me, coming from you. I value your opinion... Jack
  1. Date: 4/10/2013 9:28:00 AM

    wow, where do I start, when it comes to me... I like all truthful issues about you. Your skin is thick and thin. thank you very much~ PD

    Jordan Avatar Jack Jordan Date: 4/10/2013 10:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are more than welcome. This is new and risky for me, but your response tells me all is well. Thank you again... Jack