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Out Of Concern For My Own Well-Being

Sometime I’m not sure if my illness displays itself
on the inside of my head or on the outside;
I bare some sort of cautionary sign or a bar code on
my forehead, classifying and labelling me as defective,
for I have become a liability, a fallen hero – talented –
but risky, no longer trusted with the important things
and managed out of ‘concern’ for my own well-being,
into something ‘less stressful’ –
– less relevant,
– less meaningful.
I am a ghost that haunts the passages and offices of
my employment, or lack there-of, with no real function
or purpose to give me body or make me real.
I am the poor relative, kept around out of legal and
ethical obligation, but secretly resented for my
stubborn survival.

Out Of Concern For My Own Well-Being

Darren Stein

Sydney, Australia

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Artist's Description

This poem is part of my continuing exploration of issues relating to mental illness and speaks of the frustrations I have had at work after being hospitalized for depression.

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