Loss by Giles Addison

At our show On 19 June 2020 Giles Addison performed his poem “Loss”. Here is the text version of it.

Loss – feeling lost to the Machiavellian machinations of my own head.

The ice cold abyss of depression that freezes to the core until I feel… nothing –

Minutes lost in the hours, hours in the days, desperate to feel… something.

The crazed ecstasy of mania that burns so bright until I feel… too too much – 

Deluded choices with ramifications I’ll only know later when they arrive as such. 

The ricochet of voices with no corporeal form that haunt me hour upon hour – 

Making the day and the night desperately lonely and so vitriolic sour. 

When I forget to remember; that social engagement, the appointment, how to make tea – 

My executive functioning so buggered it angers others despite my clemency plea.

Loss are the weeks in hospital, the zombie months of high medication not right for me – 

Loss is the times I fall victim to the full throes of my illness, yearning to be free.

But through loss I have fought, myself I have taught – 

A deeper understanding, and with it compassion – 

In order to be free, or at least in a fashion. 

To aid myself in, not in taming the beast – 

But keeping it on some kind of leash, at least.

In loss I have also gained, I can see more of you I can see more of me. 

So that whilst we are cursed we can look that we’re blessed too you see. 

I am not bipolar. I am not disordered, just reordered, nor am I schizo.

Yes I have bipolar schizoaffective disorder, but is that all of me, no.

For the losses I’ve known or will endure, I will find triumphs, of that I am sure.


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