35 thoughts on “as a skin

      1. I saw too many HIV negative men die from grief, alcohol, and some lost their minds or killed themselves and this is why I’ve learned to view my DID as a half assed blessing. When I learned I was HIV Negative in 1989 I ‘switched’ and ‘forgot’ the trauma of the epidemic which allowed me to return to work, form a loving relationship, make new friends and get on with life. DID is not the perfect adaptation because we must eventually deal with our feelings, and thatโ€™why my breakdown in 2010 was inevitable.

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      2. You went through so much which is unimaginable for us who never got close to what you had to go through. Unbelievable how much you conquered. I am thankful I got to meet this Robert with all that made/makes him. Thanks for being here with us!!

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      3. And you are an important support and ecouragement for all those who need to see that there is a way (not only people dealing with DID) and that they can overcome so much more than they might think today. Even though obstacles are thrown in their way!

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      1. I think it does result in a different poem.

        Not having the feeling that prompted the
        poem allows me to sharpen the language.

        The original draft reads:

        Events condense to vague

        I wear reality as if it were skin
        and the slightest break–

        and I would bleed to death.

        RG 1985

        The first line is word play and adds nothing to the poem so I deleted it.

        The second line needed a bit of tightening and the closing line more
        accurately describes what I was trying to get at by ‘bleeding to death’.

        To bleed to death is to slowly lose consciousness and vanish.

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