Straight Jacket Army

Crazy
Lunatics
Dangerous
Headcases
Lock ’em up!

“The shooter was mentally ill with a long
history of mental illness”

Actually,
the shooter was a
Misogynistic Man
who thought He had a right to any
and ALL women’s bodies
but it’s easier to blame the
mentally ill

Trazodone
Lamichtal
Clonidine
Xanax
Cymbalta
Wellbutrin

I’m swimming in a sea of
Pills
with no sight of
land
Bearing the harsh reality that
I am the so called
Crazy
Lunatic
Dangerous
Headcase
that many think should be
Locked Up

Never mind that we’re
more likely to suffer abuse
than to abuse
Never mind that my PTSD
is a result of
Misogynistic Men
thinking they could own me
Never mind that
mental illness
Is just That
An Illness
Like others
Deserving of Treatment
And Compassion

But we get no sick days
No calling out from work or school
for Panic Attacks
Voices or Flash Backs
that haunt us
or because we just can’t leave
the safety of our bed

The broke down, closed off
too dangerous to navigate
Road for our treatment
is a joke

Any and all
appointments
drugs
blood work,
imaging
tests
and treatments
I need
as a diabetic
chronic pain and migraine patient
are Paid

But as a so called
crazy person
on Government insurance
I’m left to the wolves to be torn apart
and eaten alive
If I have the
audacity
to seek help

We suffer in silence and
Oppression
Through our
Never ending sea of
Diagnoses

PTSD
Depression
Anxiety
Panic Disorder
Bipolar Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder

And on, and on, and on, and on, and on
We spin
Trapped on a furiously paced
Carousel
trying like Hell to appear
Normal
So as not to arise suspicion
as one of
them

terror of Arrest
Locked up
Drugged up
Forced into that Straight Jacket
Hospitalized for our
“Own Good”
make us hit the mute button
like the strong man at the
freak show
displaying his might

You may see
Sad and Scary
Crazy
Lunatics
Dangerous
Headcases
that should be Locked Up

But we are the Army
of the Silent Sufferers
Comprised of
Dignity
And Strength

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