You are not AlOnE

If life is a story then mental challenge is a page

Illness knows no mercy nor does it prefer an age

Not even gender too

 

Trying to bury your emotions in a plate of food

Writing your task list then forgetting what to do

Always telling yourself that you don’t belong

And every waking day it’s the same old song

‘I’m gonna be good today – no you’re not! Today I’m gonna be a….oh darn I forgot!

 

You don’t wanna be called special because you link that to a disability

Keeping it a secret because you are afraid of the community

Because some idiot, who’s ignorant might call you crazy….

But I say… the world could use a little crazy

 

Special is not disabled…it’s being unique,

You have a purpose on this land but you’re too negative to see it

Drop self-hate! Unveil self-appreciation

Love yourself and begin to teach your nation

There is so much we can do if we just begin to accept our reality

Stop exiling the victim and begin to help your family

Because the truth is, we are all a little crazy

Some of us just haven’t been diagnosed

Today, for her, but tomorrow, who knows?

 

Empower! Educate! Accept! Embrace!

The world is everyone’s home

And I don’t care what your diagnosis is I just know you are not alone

YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

 

 

-Crystal

In support of World Mental Health Day – October 10, 2017

 

 

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Drained 1

Out of many one people

Is that only applied to Africans and Indians?

But what if I am a lesbian

What if I don’t decide to be a lawful wedded wife, to have and to hold a “man

And not even me, my brothers too who are beaten everyday, for holding hands and singing songs

and sometimes it is not even real

Sometimes they are branded for putting a foot on stage in a theater to entertain you

Because I wear a ring on my thumb, I am forced to choose to your beliefs and your choices

As though it is wrong to be me

Freedom of speech? No I choose the freedom to leave

RUSSIAN ROULETTE

John: (enters with roses at the grave) Forgive me my love

Crystal: How dare you come here?

John: I had to come; I tossed and turned in my sleep at nights-

Crystal: -Yes because of your guilt!

John: I miss your voice, you touch, that sparkle in your eyes when you smile-

Crystal: Oh shut up and go to hell! I had a life (cries)

John: You were full of life

Crystal: Life that you took!

John: I love you!

Crystal: Fuck you! (Panting)

John: I remember our wedding day, church bells rang, –

Crystal: family members happy and gay

John: From the homes to the chapel everyone knew it was my day

Both: Everyone knew it was my day

Crystal: for you proposed, mom said it was long overdue consumed in joy I had to pinch myself

to see if its true

John: I knew I was lucky, for at your feet men would drop dead, you blossomed down the aisle,

The perfect smile, perfect dress; I waited anxiously at the altar-

Crystal: you waited?

John: I waited…

Crystal: John I waited! Those nights you didn’t come home I waited! Those trips you claimed

You were on-I waited! You did nothing right !  You were the worst husband ever! Even for

For a little climax I waited forever! Five minutes tops! Then you roll over and fell asleep

like a big fat duck!

John: I remember us making love..(chuckles) me the bedroom bully

Crystal: John yuh cah do f..-

John: -finishing last as usual , you are ever so weak when I’m done, I miss you, I love

You

(A woman calls John): Honey!

John: Coming my love! (running to her)

Crystal: “my love”? That is what he called me, after those nights when he would come in

Beating me to a pulp .for not wearing something sexy, something mesh!

(crying) he beat me! …he killed me! ..I am now his past

Hear him calling her “my love”?

Same script different cast…

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 Umm in case you missed it 🙂 **Crystal** is actually a ghost who argues with her husband at her grave side, the husband (John) cannot see her. This piece was performed by me and a friend of mine (Olando Dempster) at a Lunch Hour Concert held on the UWI.Mona Campus.