This is not a lie.
This is my life.
This is not the end.
This is where I begin.
I just want to live.
I just want to be.
Can someone listen to me?
Instead of judging me.
I am not the problem.
But I can be the solution.
I will not sit in visible silence.
I have a voice and I will use it.
I am not someone to understand.
I am not just someone either.
I am a person.
I am real.
You cannot find me in a book.
You cannot find me in a talking box.
Just look at me.
Can you see the real me?
Do not tell me.
Just let me.
I am not separate from you.
I am not below you.
Nor am I above you.
When cut, I bleed.
Same as you.
I have feelings, they can be hurt.
Same as you.
I just want to say one thing.
Will you open your mind and let me?



  1. Anonymous29/5/13 09:13

    As someone who has struggled with mental issues in the past, this poem hit home with me. Thank you. Excellent piece.

  2. Scott- I love this poem! I personally think that maybe 3/4 of the world has mental illnesses but only 1/2 or 1/4 are medicated which is why there are so many violent things that happen everywhere! I wish mental health treatement options were as available as weapons/military equipment and illegal drugs. Then we might be in pretty good shape!

  3. Beautiful. I love it. Something I believe everyone can or has in their lifetime, relate to. God Bless you

  4. If you published some of your poems in a small booklet, it could be distributed to many people suffering from mental conditions. I think it could help many people, because just to read a collection of what they are feeling could make them feel less alone.

    Do you do any spoken word, or poetry slams?

    1. I have been considering publishing a small booklet for decades it seems. I'm feeling God wants me to.
      No spoken word or poetry slams. Although many have said my poems could be put to put music as spoken word poems. I think that'd be really cool.

  5. This is a wonderful poem.


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