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Schizophrenia
by Regis Auffray

Friday, June 16, 2006
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I am not afflicted with this but it is very "close to home." I feel a kinship with those who have this condition.




 

Schizophrenia

 

                               Is it...?

White                                                   Black
Dawn                                                   Dusk
Light                                                    Dark
Day                                                       Night


                             I feel...

Safe                                                       Afraid
Happy                                                    Sad
Hope                                                     Despair


                             I see...

Friends                                                Foes
Angels                                                Demons
Light                                                 Shadows
The sun                                           The moon


                   
                   "They" are looking for me...
                             "They" are...


Smiling                                  Frowning
Approving                               Angry
Reaching for me               Pushing me away 
Loving                                    Hateful


                              I want...

To build                                 To destroy
To heal                                  To kill
To begin again                      To end
To live                                    To die


        


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Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 5/16/2010
I don't know much about the disease except for what I've seen in movies on television, but your method of format in describing it is extremely interesting. (I once read somewhere that all people have a touch of schizophrenia or perhaps even insanity. Do you think that is true?
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 12/27/2009
I have been witness to this dibilitating illness
the fractures of the mind so split in realities
the self finds it hard to distiguish their episodes
it is heart wrenching...
Much Love Always
Vickie
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 8/9/2008
I really do think this is what Schizophrenia is all about. So many contrasting thoughts and questions abound. Always paranois sets in each day. I really did each day have to say to Tom, come back to earth, I want to ask you something or I want to talk some to you. He could do it when I asked, but his thoughts were very jumbled sometimes. Higher thinking too high it was. A challenge to live with a person like this. I did til his death where God made him whole again.
Reviewed by Cryssa C 1/21/2008
I love the format of this poem! Many years ago I lived with a schizophrenic roommate... It brought me quite an appreciation for those who struggle with mental illness.
Cryssa
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 1/15/2008
Exceptional use of opposites to create this poem, Regis. A unique format and very powerful!
Sheila
Reviewed by Dark Knight 8/10/2007
interesting-sort of reminded me of the quote
" I was Schizophrenic-but we are getting better!" :-)

liked how you put these thoughts of yours on the page
Reviewed by Irina Karstein (Reader) 3/5/2007
Very interesting!

When I studied Psychology in my university, we took the MMPI and it said I had strong "schizoid" tendencies, which of course means I like to be alone. (This is odd, isn't it? Don't most creative people NEED to be alone to be creative?)

Anyhow, I too can sort of understand the schizophrenic "way," for some reason, perhaps it is because people like ourselves, we're more open-minded. I've also heard that schizophrenics are more in touch with the world that we "normal" people cannot see.
Reviewed by Jean Pike 3/1/2007
Simple, but very powerful. And as always, right on the mark. The photo is perfect too. I can see I am going to have to spend more time here, reading and digesting all of your work.

Jean
Reviewed by Jacqueline Marshall 9/20/2006
I work with people that have Schizophrenia and you've captured what they describe and I observe. JM
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 9/15/2006
You have given thought provoking parallels to a dibilatating disorder . What a great poem !.........M
Reviewed by Kathleen Keena 9/15/2006
The lighter side always has a darker one. I loved this poem because as a poet I too often feel divided by light and dark myself.
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 8/27/2006
wow, love the set up! YOu got your point across and helps us to understand others sad afflictions! If they are close to you - I wish them well! and I hope for happier days ahead as their on their medication. I had a brother in law, who needed to have Electric shark therapy- and he lived with us, Scared our girls. *( Around 12 then)My ex - wanted to be there for his brother, till he went to get some REAL help and medicine, but this is Sad, and bewildering. He thought he was God and ran in the streets half dressed yelling, till am Ambul. picked him up, he seemed to not beable to listen to anyone. It was SAD! and we visit him alot, but he was under often! He is feeling more himself nowdays - I hear. His marriage didn't last tho'- I hear he is happy - so who knows.... I had a sister in law with 13 personalities, and I was Super close to her - brought her to apts/spend fun times/ but all got fused together, with Dr.s apt/. over the years. She lived with us for almost 2 yrs.. I did relate.... Sorry- to go on Reg. Did you learn anything more tho'- ? Take care! Stay Strong and Have Faith in em'- their like children sort of ~ Warmly, Sheee
Reviewed by Sandra Corona 7/10/2006
How true, Regis, and it's tough living with someone with Schizophrenia!
:)Sandy
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 7/10/2006
A deeply devastating condition of personality disorder.
Reviewed by S H (Reader) 7/7/2006
You did that perfect Regis.
Reviewed by A. Santo 6/26/2006
I think the scructure of this poem is absolutely perfect for the subject. And I think we all feel a bit schizophrenic at times. Life is a battle field and can drive us all to madness at certain times. :)
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 6/24/2006
Great descriptions and form to show what this can be like.
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 6/23/2006
What a devastating condition this is. I know a man who is afflicted with this disorder and for him, even with medication, it is a constant struggle to keep the right thoughts and personality in charge. I can tell when he changes because his usual in-charge personality stutters, his others don't. I think it is difficult for those who have this disorder not to find themselves suicidal at times. Excellent write and the unique format drives the point even deeper.
Take care,
Sherry
Reviewed by Cynth'ya cynthyaspeaks@gmail.com 6/22/2006
This is so sharp! Bro Regis I see how you thought this out with amazing artistic accuracy!!! Not to mention the energy even from reading it silently.

Any way you read it, whether parallel, diagonally, backward forward even standing on one's head (the last one I did not attempt--smile) but seriously, you have captured this in a way that, as a short poem, leaves one long on thought. Congrats on an unparalleled piece of work. Gotta be one of your best ever!
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 6/21/2006
A devastating condition ... creatively and poetically illustrated, Regis! Well done!
Reviewed by Barbara Terry 6/21/2006
In the early 60's when I was seeing this psychiatrist, he said I had a schizoid personality disorder, impairment mild. And that was only because I so need to be physically the girl I am deep inside. A schizoid personality disorder is a mild form of schizophrenia. But the only difference is, I know who I am and what I need to do to be complete. That certainly is not a schizophrenic disorder, at least not in my opinion anyway (giggles). Thanx for sharing Reg, others need to see this too.

May the Lord Jesus bless you, and those whom you love, and be with you always, and at your side constantly. With much love in my heart, joy to the world, peace on earth, & ((((((((((MANY WONDERFUL SISTERLY HUGGGGSSSS)))))))))), yourlittle sister, Barbie

"If I have to be this girl in me, Then I have the right to be."
Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa 6/21/2006
My nephew is one ..been battling with this since his teenage years..the heaviness is almost unbearable..

Thankyou for this piece Regis..

Vesna:)
Reviewed by Jennifer Croy 6/20/2006
I like this poetry you wrote because it is so true! I have a cuzzin whose Schizophrenia and goes through alot of hard times, I keep praying for him. Jennifer
Reviewed by Helen Downey 6/20/2006
Very good! I work with these type of individuals and this is what they goe through. What a frightening world. Thanks for sharing.
Reviewed by Muhammad Al Mahdi 6/20/2006
Superb.There are always new facets of your art and talent to discover. What an admirable potential and range of poetic awareness!
Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader) 6/19/2006
You have handled this expertly, Regis!

I am quite familiar with most of the ranges of the Bi-Polar individual, as you may remember, but the schizophrenic still has some questions for me. A difficult subject, covered succinctly here.
Reviewed by Kenny Baez 6/19/2006
A distressing condition, Regis, which my brother suffers from. You capture the voices, the duality, and the paranoia very well.

Best wishes k
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 6/18/2006
Ahhh, the power of simplicity. Well done, Regis!
Peace,
Carolyn
Reviewed by William Bonilla 6/18/2006
Outstanding Regis
Profound and creative
thanks for sharing

Love & Peace
William
Reviewed by Joy Marsh 6/18/2006
Powerful words and creativity in this piece Regis. My heart goes out to anyone who is afflicted with this.

Joy
Reviewed by Pierre Ortega 6/18/2006
I feel a kinship to all those who struggle and suffer with whatever afflicts them. You have found a new and unique way to expand our understanding of this condition. Excellent. Pierre.
Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater 6/17/2006
Nice word association poem, Regis ... opposites and a cleavage of mental function involving the assumption of a second personality.

Sage
Reviewed by Chanti Niven 6/17/2006
Effective visual display of such a debilitating condition. I don't suffer from any psychiatric conditions but those who do have my sympathy.
Chanti
Reviewed by Crystal Silver Angel (Reader) 6/17/2006
Oh wow, Reg.. You know I know a profound secret about healing this condition..It all has to do with serious powerful nurtition..There are companies that are manufactoring powerful nutrion that have actaly healed the disorder.. Food for though. It's called True Hope
www.truehope.com

Xxx dove
Reviewed by Debashish Haar 6/17/2006
Very interesting layout for such a topical subject like Schizophrenia. In Schizophrenia, I see a metaphoric impairment of processes to see, think, smell and hear...something about the world around us. Great job!

D
Reviewed by Susan Sonnen 6/17/2006
This is a very perceptive work, Regis.

Susan
Reviewed by Jeanette Foresta 6/17/2006
It is all in the earth changes that people are feeling all messed up. It is real. We must drink lots and lots of water with oxygen to balence the cels within which are feeling the changes. and walk in appreciation of what we have. Walk on the beach if possible without shoes and thank (fill-in) for the air we breath. I know I sound like a Nut lol but it is true we are in many changes in the magnetic field of the sun/earth, we are sensitive but we feel it as off! We feel what you say here in this poem, but there really is nothing wrong with us. We are awakening to what is really going on- on more than one level. Very creative write. Thank you and Happy Father's Day to you!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/17/2006
W O W Regis, you leave me breathless! Awesome, awesome write, very well penned.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Paul Williams 6/17/2006
I love this highly original and deeply effective piece Regis, I feel it will speak to many people...it certainly speaks to me. Kudos dear friend.

Paul;-)
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 6/17/2006
Highly creative people tend to moodswing, Regis. You're in good company.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 6/17/2006
We all live in heaven and hell at the same time.

Sometimes we're brought to heaven,
othertimes, we fell into hell.

But we are so good in our skills of survival, we always can save ourselves.

Good write, Regis!

Sandie May Angel a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Lynn Barry 6/17/2006
Must be a living hell to be aflicted with this, and you capture it nicely in this piece.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 6/17/2006
A powerful piece concerning a disease that sadly adversely affects many, including many battle scarred veterans.
Reviewed by M Flack 6/16/2006
Personally I am challenged by an ex wife who has this condition. A condition that didn’t reveal itself until after the separation.

And I find that even after the kids have grown and the separation has been so long. She still needs lots of help and concern. So I fully understand the tone and feelings of your poem.

Thank you for the special way in which you have written it to depict the condition…
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 6/16/2006
If that picture is of you, what happened to your beard & such...? ed
Reviewed by Chrissy McVay 6/16/2006
We too have a relative who suffers from this disease. It can be a very rocky road...
Reviewed by richard cederberg 6/16/2006
Goodness Regis . . . What a visual of such a horrid condition.

My Mother suffered from this! Very sobering and scary because it's so prevalent in this corrupt society. I personally believe that this is the work of a demonic force!

Loved the image - reminded me of what i feel like on those vibrator beds! (-:

In the words of the prophet . . . peace and love to you sir!

Richard
Reviewed by E T Waldron 6/16/2006
Reg, you sure have nailed the split mind! It isn't always so precise as this, but it sure is the pattern. Having been married to one I can relate, and feel sad for anyone who in caught in this
web of deception. Excellent write!

Love,
Eileen
Reviewed by jude forese 6/16/2006
good structure to this poem ... many years ago i worked in a psychiatric ward as an intern and found many of the patients expressed the same mental frame ...
Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia 6/16/2006
I concur 100% with Peter, Regis...it is what ultimately caused my ex-son-in-law to kill himself in front of my daughter & the children. It is my earnest prayer, that all these poor souls can get the help they so desperately need. Regis, this was well-constructed, and respectfully executed...thank you. Bless you ~ rhonda
Reviewed by Pier Tyler 6/16/2006
Wow! it's clear the way you presented it. I don't have it, but I know of someone who does. Regis this one makes us question our own schizzz. Thanks for sharing this with us.
Reviewed by Suzie Palmer 6/16/2006
Oh your compassionate loving heart Regis!
Such keen observation that seems to describe the illness.
Have only recently come across such madness in human behaviour...
potentially loving people full of destruction when minds are out of balance ~ particularly when another ingredient is added, ie. alcohol.
Deep Gratitude and love to you Regis :-D
Reviewed by Michelle Mills 6/16/2006
Well Reg, it looks like you struck a nerve with this pen. I don't know what it's like to be schizophrenic, but I used to work with someone who was...for 3 years. She scared the hell out of me, even when she was on her meds. I can only imagine the fear she must have felt when confronted with her own demons. A terrible disorder, very misunderstood. You're a beautiful person to bring it to the forefront. Thank you. Love and peace, Michelle
Reviewed by Judy Meeker 6/16/2006
This is well said, and the photo speaks what words cannot say. I have oftend wondered if the person closest to me was Schizophrenia.
Judy Meeker
Reviewed by L. Figgins 6/16/2006
I think we're all suffering from a mass-induced paranoia of late, Regis. Best to find that core of rock-solid truth within...People with this illness can't differentiate between reality and delusion and follow the voices in their head, which are very real to them. It has an organic source and there are lasting physical changes in the brain. Usually afflicts extremely intelligent people with onset in their 20's. And yes, extreme paranoia is a symptom. Heaven help these people. Have to say it's quite differant from bi-polar disorder, which is distinguished by brilliant highs and increased activity followed by depths of debilitating depression and caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain and is highly treatable. Given the choice-I'd take manic-depression any day. And there are a range of personality disorders. I wonder how many people are mis-diagnosed? It's scary. We're still in the infancy of knowing about the brain and it's disorders. It hasn't been that long ago that mental illness was considered demon possession and people were put into cages. So the stigma associated with it still exists. Sorry to ramble. A subject close to my heart. I like your construct. Shows extremes with no balance, like going up & down on a teeter-totter...

Love, Lin
Reviewed by Connie Hinnen Cook 6/16/2006
I'm with Peter on this one.
Illuminating write, Reg...thank you!
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 6/16/2006
Horrible thing is this disease.
Reviewed by George Carroll 6/16/2006
Mental illness affects so many people in these troubling days and many never are diagnosed or seek help.
Reviewed by Janet Caldwell 6/16/2006
Yes, yes and yes. My brother suffers from this dreaded disease and I am manic-depressive, can ya tell? ;) We're both OK on our meds, when he's off he gets totally scary. Doesn't know who he is etc. Me, I wanna just wanna be extremely manic. The downside is that I become a major shop-aholic and then the dreaded bills. So, I stay on my meds. For 2 yrs I've been faithfully on them and though I know the price for extreme mania, I still like it.

Janny xoxoxo
Reviewed by Constance Gotsch 6/16/2006
I think we all feel like this at times, or some place in the middle. Nice job
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 6/16/2006
Yes, yes, yes.... all of that and besides which THEY are YOU!! Most schizophrenics have the prefix "paranoid" attached and from your illuminating write it is easy to see why. Acute and right on the button. TY Kate xx
Reviewed by Huda Orfali 6/16/2006
Very impressive format, Regis
Yes, mental illness is a sad part of life
thanks for sharing
love & Peace
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 6/16/2006
To create
Funny faces for fun
Carving a smile with your carving knife
And make this old face come alive
People say I am schizophrenic
And did not know what it meant
Now I know better
Because I am weird
But glad to have you
In my life Sweetheart Regis!!

Love TinkaSweets
Reviewed by Peter Paton 6/16/2006
Reg
The bi-polar and manic depressive illnesses are symptoms of a dark
controlling force in the mind and subconcious..
Thanks for bringing this curse to light !
Peter
Reviewed by john zimmerman 6/16/2006
reg,

it is the most commonly dagnoses malady -- schizophrenia undiferentiated. During my formation I did a course in a pschiactric hospital, I still do services in that house of torn souls . . .

good write

j+
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 6/16/2006
Very well expressed! It is one of the worst things that can happen to a person. Seen it too often and more often it ends terribly. Your way to imagine the emotional pain is very sensitive, only a wonderful soul like yours could do this!
B&R
Reviewed by Felix Perry 6/16/2006
It is such a terrible thing when illnesses of the brain rob a person of the ability to think clearly. This is a sickness that strikes a lot of people and often goes undiagnosed for years before it is treated properly.

Fee
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 6/16/2006
This is n excellent account of actual frustrations that schizophrenians go through. It's just as toigh on their families too.
Thanks for bringomg this to our attention.
Susan
Reviewed by Safi Abdi 6/16/2006
As usual very deep thoughts here, Regis. Brilliant!
Always your friend,
Safi
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 6/16/2006
A life trying to find an elusive equalibrim..
I too have a close friend who has this...
May they all find that inner peace..
Very well written, showing their oxymoronic life..



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