Comforting sun that warms
can also burn.
Summer showers cool and soothe,
but lightning strikes sometimes.
The honey bee that captivates
can inflict a painful sting.
Cheery words spoken today
may become tomorrow’s curses.
Decisions are made,
changed, and changed again.
Promises are made
but not always kept.
Friendship smiles today,
but it may weep tomorrow.
As difficult as our friendship is for me,
what hell it must be for my bipolar friend!
Copyright© 2022 by Cheryl Batavia.
Mental illness occurs in many forms. It can be very difficult to deal with someone who is mentally ill, but I believe they deserve our empathy and compassion. We may need to maintain good boundaries for the sake of our own sanity. It may help us in dealing with those who suffer from mental illness to remember that their illness is not their fault, and they may have little control over their feelings and behavior. They deserve professional help, and they deserve our understanding and support.