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Madness Per Brenda's Prompt

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I have been thinking about Brenda’s prompt, ‘Madness’, for several days. There is so much hatred in the world now, and people continue to riot. Two people cannot be friends if they have different political beliefs. Why do we put our opinions above caring for our fellow man?

Yes, the pandemic has been tough. The sucide rate is up, and mental illness has also risen as we have stayed locked in our homes for the past year. Children have surely suffered, and the pressure on parents is very tough. I hope to see a time when people come more together, which is the way I remember my childhood. I remember neighbors helping neighbors, and many smiling faces.

The first poem is about anger and the second one is about mental illness.

Mad World - Gary Jules

Madness

Madness is much like a whirlwind fury

And it can make you move in a hurry,

Do unto others as they do unto you

Needless to say, you drop the other shoe,

Everyone seems to want some revenge

So getting even means living on the fringe

Sure you can win if you take it on the chin

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Mental Health Problems

Agoraphobia, panic or PTSD

So confused, but I don’t want to be,

Bipolar or somatic symptom it is

My whole body hurts,

But no one believes


Phobias, yes there are quite a few

Thunder, the dog or Spanish flu,

Anorexia or Bulimia Nervosa

I can eat, but I can’t keep it down


Panic disorder, it doesn’t take much

The fetal position as I have lost touch,

Amnesia, identity, where have I been?

I might be happy with a good friend

Say Something

© 2021 Pamela Oglesby

Comments

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 25, 2021:

Hi Linda,

I'm glad you like the poems. I appreciate yur very encouraging comments.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on March 24, 2021:

I love the fact that you’ve included some important points in your poems. I’m looking forward to reading more of your poetry. I like your creativity!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 19, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

Thank for giving me support and I appreciate your comments. I have enjoyed writing a little poetry.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 19, 2021:

Pamela,

If you see this...I wanted you to know that you are doing great as a Poet.

I just read the one on John's...it's fantastic!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 19, 2021:

Hi Shauna,

I am enjoying writing poetry, and I haven't done this since high school. Thank you so much for your encouragement and your comments.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 19, 2021:

Pamela, I do believe you've found a new talent. You're doing very well with poetry. Keep 'em coming!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 19, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada,

The social issues today are so intense, and I really hope when the pandemic over that things will improve.

I had not written any poetry since I was in high school until recently. I have really enjoyed writing a some poems. Thank you so much for your comments.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on March 19, 2021:

A wonderful presentation of the present day social issues, through your poem. You did full justice to the word prompt, Madness, by portraying the evils of the society. It has definitely given rise to mental health issues. The Pandemic has added to the already existing problems.

Thank you for sharing this well expressed poem.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 19, 2021:

Hi MG,

Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on March 19, 2021:

Very well-written article and a wonderful poem. Great education

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 19, 2021:

Hi Ann,

I think madness does reflect much of what we see, unfortunately. I do hope something positive comes from this pandemic.

I appreciate your comments. I hope you are keeping safe and healthy also.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 19, 2021:

Hi Sp.

It is heartbreaking to see some of the anger and violence. Thank you for your comments.

Stay safe and healthy.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 19, 2021:

Hi Manatita,

I agree that love is alway always the answer. I am doing my best, and I know you are also.

I appreciate your comments. Much love for you.

Ann Carr from SW England on March 19, 2021:

You've covered lots of angles on madness here, Pamela. Well done! Your poetry is growing, even though you said it wasn't your forte; I'm impressed!

So much madness in the world. I'm hoping this pandemic might have taught people a little more love and appreciation, but it doesn't take long for many to get back to their former ways, does it? I hope and pray it leaves a positive mark.

Hope you're keeping safe and well.

Ann

Sp Greaney from Ireland on March 19, 2021:

This is really good and reflects what is happening is society today. It's sad to see how difficult things are being for some people.

manatita44 from london on March 19, 2021:

I know what you mean, Pamela.

Panic, phobias, fear and injustice ... domestic strive ... madness indeed!! Yet we must Love! I feel that you're doing your best. The rest is up to God. Never worry about things you cannot change. This is what the Seers say.

Great effort with Brenda's prompt. Much Love.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 19, 2021:

Hi Misbah,

Thank you so much for your comments. I am glad you liked those lines in the poem.

Blessings

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 19, 2021:

Hi Peggy,

I have the same hope as you. I would like to turn on the news and not see so much violence. I appreciate your comments. Take care.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 19, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

I had reservations, but I did post them anyway. I appreciate your comments and support.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 19, 2021:

Hi John,

Thank you for your nice comments. I wish the world was not this way, but it is hard not to have those feelings when you see the anger and violence in the world. Take care.

Misbah from The Planet Earth on March 18, 2021:

Wow! Pamela,

you did it very well.

I enjoyed it a lot

The last lines,

"So getting even means living on the fringe

Sure you can win if you take it on the chin"

Super Awesome, You did a brilliant job with Brenda's prompt

Thanks for sharing

Blessings Always

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 18, 2021:

We can all use good friends, as in the last lines of your second poem. It does seem as though the world is topsy-turvy right now. I hope we can return to a more peaceful existence where there is more love than hatred.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 18, 2021:

Pamela,

I think both poems are very worthy.

I'm glad you decided to post both of them.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on March 18, 2021:

You did a great job with these poems, Pamela. They also highlight your knowledge of the medical field and you incorporated those well. Your commentary of the problems in society today was also spot on.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 18, 2021:

Hi Bill,

The issues are serious, and I don't know if they will be resolved anytime soon. LOL! I am concerned and just wish people could compromise on some issues.

I appreciate your nice comments. Stay healthy

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 18, 2021:

Hi Rosina,

I thought those topics really reflected what is happening in our world. I appreciate your comments, as always. Stay safe and healthy!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 18, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

I really didn't know if the second poem was a good idea, but I decided to post it. I think most of us have the same fear about things changing.

I am so glad you liked the poems, Brenda. I really appreciate your comments since you gave us the prompt. Stay safe and healthy!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 18, 2021:

We have some serious issues in this country, and it takes some serious-minded people who truly want solutions to tackle them. Let's hope that happens soon. Nice response to the challenge, my friend.

Rosina S Khan on March 18, 2021:

Pamela, I love these poems. They are reflective of the current issues in the world. In fact, yes, anger and mental illness both mean madness. What a good interpretation of Brenda's prompt word for the week! Thanks for sharing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on March 18, 2021:

Pamela,

I love these two.

Your first acrostic poem on Madness hits the nail on the head.

It seems everything is out for revenge.

The second one reveals a few illnesses that can cause mental illness or at least make one think they are going mad.

It's a cute write even though the illnesses are very disturbing to the one having them. I like the way you wrote it.

This pandemic has definitely had a role in the madness in the world.

I would hope it would dissapear, but my fear is that it is here to stay.

Take care & I'm happy you are writing poetry.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on March 18, 2021:

Hi Liz,

I think there is no doubt that the pandemic has created mental health issues. It breaks my heart when I hear about teen suicides.

Thank you so much for your very nice comments. Stay safe and healthy!

Liz Westwood from UK on March 18, 2021:

This is a well-written and interesting poetry collection. I appreciate the skilful way that you weave madness into the first poem. Mental health is a topic that we rightly hear much about. Your second poem gives great examples of associated conditions. I fear that the pandemic has contributed to a big increase in mental health issues.

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