Poetry

Poem: Bipolar, by Mark Tulin

He struggles to catch up
with those who seem
to be further along, 
skims the rim of a cereal bowl,
tiptoes across the yellow line.

Up all night,
awake like a blinking strobe light.
He slides down a slippery pole
greased in his own body fat,
trying to figure out the world
through a plastic Sippy straw.

Crooked eyes,
frazzled nerves and sizzled hair,
the master of intellectual
doublespeak,
the world’s foremost authority
comes up with the cure,
writes the best novel,
and has the answer to life’s
most pressing
problem.

Cycling between good and evil,
he believes he’s a God,
a hero, a devil,
supernaturally
imposed.

Conks out right on the red Target ball,
believes that jumping off a cliff
with paper wings and goggles
would be a credible solution,
retribution, salvation, absolution–
Even a colonic cleanse.

Originally published in SCARLET LEAF REVIEW, March/April issue.

 

 

Freelance writer, poet, yogi and photographer from Santa Barbara, California. I write and take pictures about a variety of topics, from my early childhood in Philadelphia, to my years as a family therapist, and finally to my soul-searching years in California. The things that move me may have a humorous or serious content or both. Either way, I hope my poetry, pictures and stories resonate with you.

27 comments on “Poem: Bipolar, by Mark Tulin

  1. wow……….this is so good.

  2. Incredibly insightful and honestly courageous ……….

  3. Stunningly written 🖤

  4. This is absolutely amazing. You’re beyond courageous! 🖤

  5. Such a powerful poem and so well written. Thank you for the incredible insight.

  6. Mark, I was blown away with such awesome authenticity. Brilliantly beautiful! ❤️

  7. Ajibola Sunday

    What a wonderful poem, thanks for sharing.

  8. Mind delving puzzle. There are so many pieces expressed here perfectly.

  9. I adore the raw truth in this. 🌸

  10. This is an amazing depiction of how someone with bipolar disorder, or simply someone going through a psychotic episode, thinks.

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