civil war

in honor of national mental health month, i’d like to dedicate the following poem to all those who suffer or who have suffered mental illness…as well as the friends and families of those individuals–peace be with you.

civil war

the most savage war i ever fought

was the one i waged

against myself.

2 responses

  1. David,

    I assume you wrote the poem. It’s such a simple and poignant expression of such a tragic illness that affects so many individuals and families.

    I immediately thought about the sad news we recently received about the death of Robin Williams, one of the funniest comedians I’ve ever seen. The news revealed that he was struggling with Parkinson’s, anxiety, depression and paranoia just before he committed suicide.

    Too often, friends and family put on a “happy face” to the world…. yet they are slowly being eaten alive from within. We need to pay close attention to those we love. We need to talk with each other…. REALLY talk. There are generally always early signals of mental illness. If loved ones are paying attention…. hopefully fewer will reach the severity of those that Robin faced before he took his life.

    I love your poem! It’s a fitting tribute for National Mental Health Month. For those who would like more information about the day…. you can visit their site at:

    From the site:

    “For over 65 years, Mental Health America and our affiliates across the country have led the observance of May is Mental Health Month by reaching millions of people through the media, local events and screenings. We welcome other organizations to join us in spreading the word that mental health is something everyone should care about by using the May is Mental Health Month toolkit materials and conducting awareness activities.”




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