Saturday, April 9, 2016

I was Crazy Once


“Crazy?
I was crazy once.
They locked me up,
in a rubber room.
It was cold,
I died,
they barried me.
Worms ate my brains!
Worms?!
Worms drive me crazy!
Crazy?
I was crazy once . . .”

We thought that song was funny as hell when we were kids.

“They locked me up.”
Why didn’t that scare me?

“In a rubber room.”
How awfully real for some.

“It was cold.”
Yes, loneliness is cold. Treatment by society is cold.

I don’t believe my hypomania will ever lock me up. My depression? Sure.

Cliché of the day: mental illness is not a joke.
How is a truth so, well, true, and ignored, cliché?

Don’t call the people downtown crazy. Eccentric? Some. Mentally ill? Many. Self-medicating? More. If they are crazy, I am crazy. Don’t call me crazy. Don’t lock me up. Don’t let me get cold: cold to the world—hardened; cold by the world—in loneliness.

And yet, we are locked up, us “crazies.” Locked in the rubber room of medications, locked into dulled senses: amphetamines, lithium, marijuana, anything for the better—protection—or for the worse—head-banging dependence on a temporary fix; even rubber hurts.

And we become cold: mania spins us into warmth. Medications kill the movement. Society moves away: the warmth of wanted and unwanted company is lost. No one wants crazy.

And we die. A little at a time. The spinning of mania, the numbness of medication, the weight of depression—they kill: spirit and body.

And in our live death the worms of true crazy, of incorrigible crossed wires in our brain-space, we atrophy.

And you call us crazy. We are too tired and dizzy to fight it. Past runs into present. Sure. I was crazy once. I was crazy.

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