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Her Last Bipolar Attack
by Lisa M Cronkhite

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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Her Last Bipolar Attack

I stood behind the screen door
watching her pace around the patio table
as she knocked down the chairs
one by one—chanting to herself
a mumble of words I didn’t understand.

It was mid Spring—tulips stiff
along the chain-link fence—fresh cut
grass soaked from the sprinkler’s waving hand.
The air played catch with the crickets’
buzz, bouncing it off the trees.

I kept on yelling, please Mom, come in,
but she proceeded to the gate, opening her
raid on the neighbor’s telephone wire
tugging at it with a scream, I crossed the line.
Amazed at her strength as if to pull down
the moon itself, she was determined
to break the line.

I ran out after calling for help, remembering
the reflection of my face in hers.
Cold drifted through me as she stared.
A stranger I had confronted, forgetting who I was
when she’d locked her eyes onto mine.

Lisa M. Cronkhite


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Reviewed by Katharine Sparrow 7/22/2011
This is chilling and real. I am familiar with bipolar, so I find this to be a stark and true to life portrayal. That final stanza is brilliant!
Reviewed by Paul Judges 7/20/2011
Powerfully written, Lisa
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 7/19/2011
Transforming and spectacular bit of writing here, Lisa. You have the gift. I will be following you.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 7/19/2011
My best & dearest closest friend is Bi-polar & I was not aware of it till one day where he went off on me...afterwards he apologized & explained & we are still the best of friends...he's on some meds now that keep him mellow...I hope your mom is too...ed

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