Just a Bipolar Cliché

Just a Bipolar Cliché

A Poem by Ngoc M. Nguyen

Why some manic-depressives like myself sometimes feel like "just a bipolar cliché."


Life as a manic-depressive's so drab

and wearying at times; it's quite enough

to drag me down where I don't feel so tough.

When I'm manic I have the gift of gab;

at such times I wish I can take a cab

to the club, get drunk, and act like a rough;

but I forbade as I fear the state's rebuff;

so I behave again like rats in a lab.

My life's so meaningless to me it seems;

if I could I would end it right away,

but that'd be taking it to such extremes

and drama. Instead, I just read all day

and write poems of brighter, happier themes:

I swear--I'm just a bipolar cliché!

© 2015 Ngoc M. Nguyen

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Great writing! I struggle with this assumption also - the one that writing happy poems makes me feel better. I often feel worse, i.e. to tell myself I should feel better when I don't could be self-disceptive.....but I know what you mean. We need a balance, but that is hard to find. It is precisely that "rat in the lab" feeling, of when behavior is appropriate, yet we feel miserable, that one desires to prevent.

Posted 6 Years Ago

Ngoc M. Nguyen

6 Years Ago

I do hope that you find a balance and--with treatment such as therapy, the right meds that work for .. read more

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Added on February 17, 2015
Last Updated on February 17, 2015
Tags: poem, poetry, sonnet, rhyme, Shakespearean, bipolar disorder, manic-depressive, moods, depression


Ngoc M. Nguyen
Ngoc M. Nguyen

Newport News, VA

Aspiring poet and life-long learner. more..