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Beneath the Skin - A Bipolar Poem

Sean is a teacher who is writing about his spiritual adventures to help other people find balance and self-respect.


There is no alternative to Love!

— Sean Dragon

I am standing against him for so long now,

We are arguing about a vital, a crucial issue.

He is facing me, quarrelling with me, for what?

I want to show him, nothing is essential, more than we are!

I am a man of reason, a shrewd one; I'm on solid ground,

But he's not a clever one, he's stubborn and ignorant!

He thinks that worldly logic can handle the concerns of the Soul

He is losing the connection with the Core, drowning in a dry land.

I seldom lose my temper, but now! Oh! I am a man with power!

If he can't understand with words, violence may be the need.

I see him steaming, failing to follow the logic he worships,

He believes using his power will force me to surrender Love.

Why can't he see? Love is not a solution, Love makes you weak.

Love is insane, not of this world. Love sent Jesus to the Cross!

Oh! How he is afraid of the divine insanity of Love, the surrendering,

The abandoning of the Ego and the embracing with open Heart, the exposure!

He is a thief! He is stealing my life, giving me accusations and guilt instead.

Never let me enjoy my wealth, my fame my success. Why me? All do the same!

I will never stop whispering the truth to his Soul, to be the thorn beneath the skin.

He has to remember, there is no happiness built on others' suffering.


All do the same! Am I wrong? Then, why I can't free myself from this thorn?

Beneath the skin, in my Heart, hurting me for what I've been taught, by this world, as the right!

All do the same! The greatest trap of all! The deception of the Ego!

No! I shout to you, please listen, happy people don't do so!

Why was He, even on the Cross, asking us to love?

What was that? He told me, "You'll love your neighbor as thyself"?

Blissful people have met the Truth within, beyond the delusions:

"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart."

Who is my neighbor? Why should I love him? What if he hurts me?

The moment I open my arms to embrace him, I leave my Heart exposed, unprotected.

Oh! Please, open your eyes to see, there is no neighbor other than you!

There is no other to hurt you besides yourself, there is no other to be hurt besides thyself!

How can I love my neighbor if I don't love myself? Or is this what He wanted to tell me?

Love your neighbor to learn to love yourself!

So, yes, love your neighbor who is you! I Am! I live within!

Open that door, and come to merge with me into One.


Oh! Lord, I'll do what you ask of me! I close my eyes to set an end.

I choose to Love, You and me and my neighbor, we are all the same!

Close your eyes to see within, to meet me there, I Am the One.

Love has no past, Love makes everything new! Reborn!

I Love! I have no fear, no other need but to see You, I open my eyes.

I see You, smiling at me through that mirror I am standing before. I am blissful!

Now you see Me! All that time you are standing before a mirror.

I am smiling at you, We Love, We are blissful, We are One!

Your inner self knows, listen to Him.

— Sean Dragon

Some Words About The Poem

As I wrote at the Hub of my first poem of this kind, I made up the name, Bipolar poetry, and I believe you can see why. Every stanza consists of two parts, of two verses each one, telling the "story" from a different point of view that seem to conflict. It's like you are reading two contrastive poems which exist at the same time in one, until the end, where you can see that, in fact, all is One! I don't know if I managed to express what I wanted, but the truth is that I enjoyed it!

© 2019 Ioannis Arvanitis


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on January 23, 2019:

Thank you, my friend, Mark! I appreciate your kind words.

Peace always to your Soul!


Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on January 23, 2019:

Love your clever and imaginative style.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on January 20, 2019:

Yes, my dear Li-Jen! Is the same persona all the time, even if he didn't know it from the start. We are...

Thank you for your lovely comment and congratulations on passing your final exams! New adventures on the way!

My Love embraces you!


Li-Jen Hew on January 19, 2019:

Hey Sean, I remember the first bipolar poem you wrote and this another good attempt in representing bipolar and Oneness. I can clearly see the contradictory lines. It's the same persona all along...that was tricky a bit. Thanks for sharing.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on January 19, 2019:

Yes, my dear Sister Dora, giving when your Ego says that you have to take is bipolarity in the act! But it has worked with me. I learnt to love my self when I loved my "neighbour", and I finally found that he was Jesus!

My prayers and Love sing for you to Him!


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on January 19, 2019:

Oh! My dear Doris! Thank you so much for embellishing my Hub with your mention to my beloved R. Heinlein!

"More souls awaken in preparation for the Ascension of Earth. Then we will all understand what love really is and that we are all one."

I loved it! I am so blessed to know you!

My prayers embrace you!


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on January 19, 2019:

Yes, indeed it is, my dear Mary. Thank you for being always here to comment! I treasure your Golden Heart!

May Love supports you always!


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on January 19, 2019:

My dear Linda, I have the same opinion for the work of Holy Spirit through polarity! I thank you for your kind words and Heart! Love creates, I am just an organ! I hope I am playing a decent tune!

Thank you for the recipes of Love!


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on January 19, 2019:

My dear Sister, Chitrangada, thank you for your kind words and Heart! I also thank you for the beautiful pictures you give us on Instagram!



Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on January 19, 2019:

Ha! Ha! I love you, and I miss you my brother Eric! Thank you for your hand of kindness, though you are miles ahead...

I embrace your lovely family!


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on January 19, 2019:

Thank you, my dear brother, Chris! That is what I love most in you, besides of your amazing writing talent! You are always willing to help! I had thought to use something like the symbol you suggest, but then I thought again that this is bipolarity! The problem to discern which part of you is expressed at any moment! So I decided to let the reader figure it out! Crazy, but is what my muse wants! Lol! Thank you anyway!



PS: I am longing to read your stories, I hope soon...

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on January 19, 2019:

Thank you, my dear brother, John! This inner fight is, maybe, what we call life! Your blessings are power for me!



PS: I have missed reading your work, I hope soon...

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 15, 2019:

"Love your neighbor to learn to love yourself!" Even this line gives a bipolar approach, since most teachings are based on loving yourself first. Good insights here.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on January 14, 2019:

And much love to you, Sean. Ah, the fight between the ego and the higher self. Those were wonderful words, but I wonder how many will actually grok then. (Grok, understanding that we can't put into words. Robert Heinlein) More souls awaken in preparation for the Ascension of Earth. Then we will all understand what love really is and that we are all one.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 14, 2019:

I think this is closer to many of the dilemnas we have in life. the bipolar is indeed one.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on January 14, 2019:

Sean, I am loving this style of writing and have never found anything else quite like it. You are creating an interesting niche here, my friend.

The internal struggle is a tragic part of human nature, but perhaps that back and forth in our minds is the work of the Holy Spirit aiding us to recognize both sides and reach a resolution.

Congratulations on your book. I wish you much happiness.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 14, 2019:

Beautifully expressed poem! Thanks for clarifying the meaning of the bipolar poem. I have read some work on this concept, but now I understand them better.

I wish you all the success for your book. Congratulations once again.

Thank You for sharing this wonderful poem

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 14, 2019:

Very well done. I understand than in Bi-Polar there can be rapid shifting like several times a day. You had me off balance here. So I think you hit it just right.

(in my Boy Teacher hubs it took me about ten tries to capture a way to almost follow along)

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on January 13, 2019:

By the time I got to the end, I was on my way to figuring this poem out. I will suggest that you consider using a # sign each time you change to another viewpoint. That will tip off the reader to expect some kind of change. That is unless you want to surprise them. You've communicated the concept of love and all the forces that are against love very well, even if the conflicting forces are within a single individual.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on January 13, 2019:

Sean, this is an interesting concept. Yes “bipolar poetry” fits well. We often have a fight with our inner self or our conscience about what we are doing with our life. I enjoyed this. Blessings to you. Comgratulations again with the release of your first book.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on January 13, 2019:

My dear fellow-hubers, my friends, my sisters and brothers I want to apologise for my "absence" from the comments of your beautiful works these last days. I am overwhelmed with work at this period, and I spend many hours for the promotion of my first book in Greece which released just after Christmas.

So, I haven't found the time to read your work and to comment, which makes me sad! I promise that I'll be back soon. Until then you have my Love and my positive thoughts. All of you!

Much Love!


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