The Mental Illness Club

This club requires an exclusive membership, not just anyone can join.

Just the chosen as determined by fate.

Don’t be dismayed.

The foundation has been laid.

This club has a lifetime membership.

Once a member always a member.

You can’t leave.

there is no reprieve.

It’s not bad a place to be.

The members are kind and compassionate people.

Accepting by nature, because they wish to be accepted.

They know what it feels like to be shamed,

discriminated against and unjustly named.

Treated like an outcast, thrown to the side.

Fear and prejudice leave nowhere to hide.

The members understand each other in ways no one else can.

A beautiful unspoken bound,

nowhere else to be found.

Not a club people are knocking on the door to join,

instead a club where members bang to leave.

Banging and fighting to no avail,

cries ignored, the screams whale.

Soon the screaming ends as acceptance begins to sink in

with the realization that your fate is not your destiny.

Change your possible fate, to a fate full of possibilities.

This is an elite diverse group of people.

Very strong, wills of stone, courage of lions.

Kind and compassionate people,

 full of understanding and empathy.

 Traits enhanced from the lives they have lived.

I am happy to be part of such a beautiful group of people.

The lessons I have learned can never be replaced.

Never learned anywhere else,

except from where I have been.

Taught and loved by many special people I have met,

as a lifetime member of my mental illness club.

We meet in person, or now, in the virtual world of this beautiful blogging pub.

(no alcohol that I am aware of)

~written by Susan Walz


14 Replies to “The Mental Illness Club”

    1. Thank you very much. I am happy you liked it. I appreciate your positive feedback very much because I feel like this poem takes a different approach and I was not sure how others would perceive it. Thank you for responding the way that you did. Hugs to you and have a fabulous day. ~Sue

    1. Really? Yay. I am happy you liked it and that it touched you in some way. Thank you for your feedback. I appreciate it much more than you know. Have a happy, healthy and fabulous day. Hugs, Sue

  1. Oops. Sorry. Noticed my typo. I typed whale instead of wail. I proofed it before but obviously missed the word whale. Oh. I know I used a play on words as I wanted to convey a large wail by using the word whale instead. Just kidding. Sorry for the spelling error – typo. Okay. Mistake. Oops. Sorry. Have a great day. 😊

      1. Oops. Sorry for the typos. Meant to say… You made my day and thanks for such an awesome compliment. I am terrible on my phone. Have a great day. Hugs, Sue

    1. Thank you for reblogging this and for you kind comments. I am very happy you liked my poem. It means the world to me. BTW – I peaked at your blog and your baby boy is absolutely precious and adorable. He reminds me of my son when he a baby 24 years ago. Wow! Where did the time go? Congratulations on your new baby on the way. I pray all goes well. Hugs, Sue

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