THIS POEM IS A
2014 ADULT MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS POETRY CONTEST
WINNING POEM


The following poem was written by Alan for children who have bipolar disorder.  To learn more about bipolar disorder, visit: Healthy Place: Bipolar Information ArticlesNational Institute of Mental Health or the National Alliance on Mental Illness.



Rex the Bipolar Cat

by Alan S. Garrett

 

Rex was a cat
And a total basket case,
Always climbing the curtains
And trying to give chase

To something inside
He couldn’t quite see,
‘Til one day he noticed,
"What’s inside is just me."

You see he didn’t quite know
That something was wrong.
It took others to notice
He sang his own song.

Sometimes he felt manic;
Other days he felt low.
His moods changed quite quickly,
He never did know.

Then one day came a friend
Who said to the cat,
"Rex, I think you’re bipolar,
You may need help to see that.”

So he went to a place
Where help did arrive,
And Rex soon realized
It wasn’t a lie.

It took several sessions
And some medication, too,
But it made him feel better
About all that he knew.

He then went to therapy
In the form of a group,
And found there were others
Who had been there, too.

There was Benny the dog
And Crystal the cow,
And all sorts of creatures.
Rex could only think, “Wow!”

He learned a valuable lesson
From his new group of friends,
That he wasn’t alone
In this world he was in.