Depression is repression,
You make me open up my doors,
A beautiful conflict presides inside,
A whirlwind that’s now yours.
So sorry to say,
Contradicting issues mucks up my mind,
Anger blinded crusade,
For innocence, I’ll never find.
Don’t let me fall,
Don’t let me fail,
My own damned legacy.
A demon keeps glancing through the cracks,
My soul exposed to the other side,
A freak-train went through town,
You figured you’d catch a ride.
Search inside the dust window bay,
And look upon what you will find,
Draw the curtain crooked boy,
Step inside an artist’s mind.
© Karla Botha
Excerpt form the book “I Have A Name”
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Anthology: I Have A Name
We live in a society whereby there is an astounding increase in what is known as ‘the invisible disorders.’ We may be living with one or more of them ourselves, or perhaps it could be our parent, our child, our grandchild or the person working at the desk beside us. These hidden, or not so hidden disorders are a part of our modern-day life, symptoms of hereditary, dietary, metabolic or chemical unbalances in the body – yet they exist and are very real for the person who lives daily with any of them. There are many people silently suffering as a result. They are walking through life feeling lost, unsupported, misunderstood and alone; yet there is hope in acceptance and inclusion. There is hope when we give these disorders a voice, a name, a face and a place in society. The collection within these pages are voices, names and faces; the accounts of real people by real people. They either live with a disorder or have been deeply touched by knowing someone who does. It is with my profound thanks to all the contributors, for opening themselves up, with the willingness to share these experiences with the world. “You Have a Name.”
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