#Poem at night: For Virginia, Sylvia and Janis

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August 2016

Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath and Janis Joplin have always fascinated me. All three of them were great artists but at the same time had to live mental health conditions that must have been excruciating.

I adore the work of all three women and am so sad that life had become so hard for them that they were not able to go on. I’ve come close to this several times in my life but thank goodness not lately.

I know the desperation, pain and hopelessness of those moments when life seems unbearable but I believe that is one reason why they were able to create great art: because they were blessed (or cursed) with sensitivity and a clear mind that were not able to live in the illusions most of us create to bear the unbearable.

This poem is dedicated to them and their life’s work:

For Virginia, Sylvia and Janis

my lost souls
share your
bitter tears

my lost souls
share your
crippling pain

my lost souls
share your
life supporting creativity

maybe

my lost souls

do not
have to

share your
tragic end

 

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