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Sarah's Story - Mental Illness

Sarah’s Story - Mental Illness
Sarah, the “Crazy Lady,” was a familiar sight, roaming the streets any time of day or night. Her foul body odor announced her presence, as she paraded around in her filthy, smelly garments. Walking barefoot regardless of the weather, in her state of mind, she couldn’t do better. Children teased and made fun of Sarah, reciting ridiculing ditties, adding to the drama. Behind her a lively entourage would follow, taunting and calling her names creating a sideshow. They howled with childish laughter, as Sarah hurled angry profanities after. An avid collector of all kinds of trash, she transformed her abode into a garbage stash. Sarah’s odd behavior made her fair game, to unkind people who had no mercy or shame. While many folks turned a blind eye, young boys threw rocks and other missile, at the roof and windows of the shack she occupied. Behind bushes, they would scamper away to hide, as Sarah furiously dashed outside, brandishing a machete, cudgel, or broom, screaming out curses, damnation, and doom. Like a cancer, her mental illness had devoured her brain, and before long, she was officially "certified insane." Most agreed it was for her own benefit, and for the good of society to be rid of this "misfit." But even though she was locked away in an institution, no psychiatric treatment could cure her mental condition. When Sarah finally died, she was unloved and alone; her passing was hardly noticed, and she was mourned by none.
Note: This piece was inspired by a true account. While we have made great strides in the study of mental illness and understanding it, unfortunately negative attitudes and beliefs toward people who have mental health conditions are still common. Thus, as a society, we still have a long way to go to improve our attitudes and to show more caring and compassion for those who suffer from various types of mental illness. 08-06-2015 Contest: Mental Illness Sponsor: Nathan D. Placement: 7th

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Date: 8/24/2015 4:18:00 AM
Such a heartbreaking write so superbly penned Pandita. Sadly are many 'Sarah's out in the world today mental illnesses of whatever type are so misunderstood and society can be so cruel:-( congrats on your win:-) hugs Jan xx
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Pandita SieteSantos
Date: 8/24/2015 3:49:00 PM
Hi Jan, thank you so very much for reading this piece and leaving your very heartfelt comments about this issue! I appreciate your visit! All the best to you, my friend! Pandita
Date: 8/20/2015 2:48:00 PM
What a sad tale wonderfully told. Congrats!
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Date: 8/20/2015 7:16:00 PM
Dear Rick, thank you so very much for your always thoughtful comments and supportive compliments. Have a nice evening! Pandita
Date: 8/20/2015 12:00:00 AM
Congrats on ur awesome poem n win Pandita!
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Date: 8/20/2015 9:33:00 AM
Thank you so kindly, Dr. Sharma! Pandita
Date: 8/19/2015 9:02:00 PM
nice win
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Date: 8/20/2015 9:31:00 AM
Thanks very much, my friend! Pandita
Date: 8/19/2015 8:18:00 PM
Thank you
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Date: 8/20/2015 9:31:00 AM
Thank you too for placing it on your winners list! Pandita
Date: 8/14/2015 3:03:00 AM
Very vivid desription of a sad story/ situation. Makes a heart sad when you see them on the street.
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Date: 8/14/2015 8:56:00 PM
Hi Debbie, many thanks for reading this piece and leaving your very heartfelt comments about this issue! I appreciate your visit! All the best to you, my friend! Pandita
Date: 8/13/2015 10:14:00 PM
What a sad tale you tell here. Very vivid description of pain! Peace & Love Matthew Anish
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Date: 8/14/2015 8:51:00 PM
Dear Matthew, yes, these are some of the "undesirable" people in society that many wish would just go away! We still have a long way to go in the right direction! Thank you kindly for supporting this piece! Warmest regards. Pandita
Date: 8/13/2015 1:46:00 PM
A very emotional and well-written poem, Pandita. So many poor souls lost to mental illness, and these days, not much help is available. Mental illness is a disease like any other disease, but negative attitudes still exist in this area. Congrats on it being featured POTD. Also, I appreciate your positive comment about my poem, A Rose Is A Rose. Hugs, Sandra
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Date: 8/14/2015 8:54:00 PM
Hi Sandra, thank you for stopping by with wonderful feedback, my friend! This type of issue, like homelessness, etc., is yet another unfortunate, serious reality of our times; and sadly too many people have become so complacent instead of trying to address them appropriately. Warmest regards. Pandita
Date: 8/11/2015 2:31:00 AM
brave, moving write that pierces the senses... congrats on your POTD, pandita.. huggs
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Date: 8/11/2015 10:51:00 AM
Hi Nette, thank you so very much for visiting and taking the time to read this piece. I greatly appreciate your congratulations and compliments! Thanks again, my friend! Warmest regards. Pandita
Date: 8/10/2015 2:02:00 PM
Very touching piece, dear. Congrats on this piece being featured as POTD. It's so sad that nothing could be done for her.
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Date: 8/10/2015 2:47:00 PM
Thank you my friend, you made my day with your thoughtful comments and compliments about this piece! Thanks also for the encouragement which means a lot coming from a poet such as yourself! Warmest regards. Pandita
Date: 8/10/2015 1:47:00 AM
Excellent. Very impressive write. Enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing it. Congrats.
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Date: 8/10/2015 7:08:00 AM
Dear Ravi, many thanks for your wonderful compliments and I'm so glad that this message was so very well received! Warmest regards. Pandita
Date: 8/9/2015 9:14:00 PM
This poem really pulled at my heart stings ....You are so right about the way these people are being seen and treated .......so much truth in one poem ....An epic write -Love Ettie
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Date: 8/9/2015 9:53:00 PM
My dear Ettie, I welcome your wonderful comments and sweet compliments! We still have a long way to go in the right direction! Thank you kindly for supporting this piece! Warmest regards. Pandita
Date: 8/9/2015 1:52:00 PM
if we only Truly Look To God, mental illness wont survive....because Love is the only way to feel alive...only Love can stop any illness before it starts....and if you don't know Love, His Name Is God....;)
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Date: 8/9/2015 2:11:00 PM
AMEN! You got it, my friend! God has to be in the equation! Thanks, Eric for your always on point comments and support! Have a wonderful Sunday! Pandita
Date: 8/9/2015 12:36:00 PM
A good poem that highlights the pain and misery brought about by mental illness and our reactions to those that suffer. In my youth I knew of a woman named Alameda that fit your description to a tea and to my shame I was one of her tormenters, may God forgive me... Emile. #7
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Date: 8/9/2015 1:15:00 PM
My dear Emile, thank you so very much for stopping by and for your thoughtful, heartfelt response to this piece. Thank you most of all for sharing your own personal experience on this subject. I am confident that you have already been forgiven! When we look back to our youth, there are so many things that we regret and fortunately we take life lessons from them such as having greater compassion for others. You are a wonderful human being! Warmest regards. Pandita
Date: 8/8/2015 11:35:00 PM
Congrat on your well deserved feature poem!
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Date: 8/9/2015 1:36:00 PM
Hi Ed, thank you so very much for visiting and taking the time to read this piece. I greatly appreciate your congratulations and compliments! Thanks again, my friend! Warmest regards. Pandita
Date: 8/8/2015 9:11:00 PM
Pandita, congratulations on having this wonderful poem selected as Poem of the Day, enjoy the honor
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Date: 8/9/2015 1:06:00 PM
BW, thank you so much again for being so supportive! I am really thrilled by this unexpected honor! Warmest regards. Pandita
Date: 8/8/2015 2:49:00 PM
I think you can find people like Sarah everywhere in society. We called ours "Garbage Granny". We need to help these people instead of ridicule them. Great choice for POTD.
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Date: 8/9/2015 1:04:00 PM
Dear Tim, your comments are right on! We still have a long way to go in the right direction! Thank you kindly for supporting this piece! Warmest regards. Pandita
Date: 8/8/2015 2:13:00 PM
Excellent write on a subject that really needs to be addressed. Congratulation on the Poem Of The Day. Hugs Eve
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Date: 8/9/2015 12:59:00 PM
Dear Eve, many thanks for sharing this wonderful thrill with me. I am glad that this message was so well received! Warmest regards. Pandita
Date: 8/8/2015 11:34:00 AM
Thanks, Pandita for this informative but heart breaking story poem about mental illness. She seemed perfectly content and happy in her own world. To bad others had to torment her. In the end, she was well taken care of, but probably unhappy in the new environment provided for her. This puts a bright spotlight on mental illness. A 7. ~~Darlene
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Date: 8/10/2015 2:45:00 PM
Hi Darlene, many thanks for reading this piece and leaving your very insightful comments about this issue, compliments, and high score! I always appreciate your visits! All the best to you, my friend! Pandita
Date: 8/8/2015 11:00:00 AM
Hello Pandita!! Congratulation on the POTD. Your poem here touches on a nerve of neglect in many societies around the world. I know that the USA could do much better in how they treat and care for the mentally ill. I'm an American Expat living here in Germany. And I can tell you that the Germans have gone a very long way in ensuring the care and protection of the mentally ill. And so it can be done, but the politicians and the people have to support it. Exceptional Poem!! Cheers, Gary (A FAV!!)
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Date: 8/9/2015 2:10:00 PM
Thanks for your return note Pandita!! I'm also quite passionate about this topic. The politicians really need to take mental illness and other related social concerns more seriously. As I said, being here in Europe I'm aghast at the political culture's short-shrift handling of this very important issue (just like health care in general). Thank you too for spearheading this issue and making people aware here with your most wonderful write!! Cheers, Gary
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Date: 8/9/2015 1:02:00 PM
My dear Gary, thank you so very much for your kind words. You are so right, as with so many other serious social concerns, we need the political will to achieve the needed support that will improve the care and protection for the mentally ill. A big thank you again! Pandita
Date: 8/8/2015 8:32:00 AM
The stigma of mental illness is still very much there, even though much has been done to improve the situation. There are many like Sarah who need help, compassion and understanding. ~ Congrats Pandita on having this expressive poem chosen POTD. // paul
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Date: 8/9/2015 12:57:00 PM
Hi Paul, thank you for this powerful feedback and thank you for being the first to share the wonderful news with me that this piece was selected as POTD! That really made my day! I am just thrilled! Warmest regards. Pandita
Date: 8/8/2015 3:02:00 AM
You nailed it here Pandita...The last two lines are heart-breaking and typical of so many poor souls with this terrible illness...Thank you for shedding your own light on this subject - Tim
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Date: 8/9/2015 12:52:00 PM
Thank you my friend, you made my day with your thoughtful comments and superlative compliments about this piece! Thanks also for the encouragement which means a lot coming from a poet such as yourself! Warmest regards. Pandita
Date: 8/7/2015 2:36:00 PM
Pandita, this is so sad and you captured Sarah's wasted life so well, have a women in my neighborhood very similar, an outstanding 7 , hope this is a top winner and thanks for visiting my puppy poem
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Date: 8/9/2015 12:50:00 PM
Thank you so very much, BW, for your visit and for honoring me with your high praises and score which mean a lot to me! Warmest regards, Pandita
Date: 8/7/2015 8:19:00 AM
Pandita, you have penned a well written piece about mental illness. I know people personally who suffer from mental illness. Day to day life for this population is a constant struggle. I often think to myself they are unsung heroes . Because life in itself can be a living hell, try living it with a mental illness.Excellent job! :-) Alexis 7
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Date: 8/9/2015 12:48:00 PM
Thank you dear Alexis. This is another piece that is special to me. I truly appreciate your kind comments and encouragement to keep this message going! Kindest regards. Pandita.
Date: 8/6/2015 8:17:00 PM
A well-written piece that exposes how desensitized our society has become. There too many Sahras in this world and too few with compassion. May we find in ourselves the response needed should we meet another Sarah. Good one, Pandita! All the best in the contest. hugs!
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Date: 8/7/2015 12:20:00 AM
Thank you so very much dear Kim, I really appreciate your kind feedback and compliments! All the best. Pandita
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