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Franz Wright: “Being who you are is not a disorder” poem


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Pediatric suicide

 

 

 

Franz Wright

    Being who you are is not a disorder.

    Being unloved is not a psychiatric disorder.

    I can’t find being born in the diagnostic manual.

    I can’t find being born to a mother incapable of  touching you.

    I can’t find being born on the shock treatment table.

    Being offered affection unqualified safety and respect when     and only when you score dope for your father is     not a diagnosis.

    Putting your head down and crying your way through elementary     school is not a mental illness, on the contrary.

    And seeing a psychiatrist for fifteen minutes per month some subdoormat psychiatrist writing for just what you need lots more drugs to pay his mortgage Lexus lease and child’s future tuition while pondering which wine to have for dinner is not effective treatment for friendless and permanent sadness.

    Child your sick smile is the border of sleep.

    Abandoned naked and thrown to the world is not a     disease.

    She was unhappy just as I was only not as lucky.

Franz Wright

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One response

  1. Reblogged this on My Blog WorldsChildren.wordpress.com.

    October 14, 2013 at 4:47 pm

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