The Interview: A Poem Written To Bring Awareness To The Stigma On Mental Illness

I wrote this poem on a piece of tissue paper, moments after I was interviewed by a bewildered young man…

The Interview

You thought today,

That the girl you would meet,

Would be a girl who is violent,

Who lives on the street,

Yes it is true,

I am diagnosed Bipolar Two,

But it seems as though,

By the swing of my hips,

The deep red of my lips,

A smile too kind,

This is a girl,

You hadn’t in mind,

You sit quietly puzzled,

Filled with feelings of guilt,

Because I’m not the girl society built,

You listen to others,

Persuading your views,

This is what has you,

Completely confused,

I see the ring on your finger,

A baby is on the way,

If this was your daughter,

What then would you say?

For people will judge her,

Take her ‘demons’ away’,

So this you must know,

And this I must say,

When you place judgement,

On those you don’t see,

Be aware of this my friend,

Your daughter may be me.

Hannah Blum


2 Comments Add yours

  1. Claire says:

    Hannah! Love this so much you talented thing.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Claire says:

    Hannah! Love this you talented thing ❤

    Liked by 1 person

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