What does it mean to have bipolar disorder?
I was diagnosed with Bipolar I in college. After a clear manic episode while going to Temple University, a psychiatrist working on the campus prescribed me a mood stabilizer, along with the depression and anti-anxiety medications I was already taking.
“Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.” — Percy Bysshe Shelley
Screaming stopped, here in
black voids of deep space
floating, weightless, atoms being
torn apart –
they can’t hear me now, mission control,
cracked open without a trace
dying, shapeless, our bodies drifting
far apart –
Mission is complete,
alien intelligence secured –
artifacts like Rubik cubes,
touch them & they blow apart,
consciousness survives –
we are stardust among red stars,
dark voids so spacious
becoming one with dark matter
of shapelessness –
drifting far apart.
(Photo by NASA on Unsplash)
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
so why do we insist on depleting it?
treating it, beating it like a dirty dog –
Adam named everything he saw,
the beasts & critters that crawl,
the plants & trees so tall,
and since those days in Eden,
we’ve furiously assaulted the planet –
Withdrawing, her cold body convulsed terribly.
In the previous installment, we get some background about how Portia developed and how the Collective started. A televangelist by the name of Sebastian Fuller became the inspiration for the rebel group, leading a bombing of the Utah facility that housed the AI. Soon after, Fuller was imprisoned for life and an underground movement started.
Let’s jump into Part 4!
She paused, knowing something wasn’t right.