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After the Traumatic Brain Injury

Phase I: Anger, hopelessness, despair

32 total reviews 
Comment from Annmuma
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As I read this piece, it began to feel personal and I've had no brain injury? It is your exceptional ability to allow the reader to step inside your mind and your struggle for a few minutes. This is an excellent piece and I admire your ability to put your struggle into words. ann

 Comment Written 04-Jul-2022


reply by the author on 04-Jul-2022
    Thanks for your great review.
Comment from Tina Crute
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How brave of you to open up and let us experience your pain and possibly have YOU experience it all over again, in the process. Your words are jarring, dark, emotional, flighty and clipped and portray what the mind and heart do when suddenly everything is upended and difficult. I will go on this journey of emotional and historical transparency leading to healing. Thank you for sharing!
Tina

 Comment Written 03-Jul-2022


reply by the author on 04-Jul-2022
    Thanks for your great review.
reply by Tina Crute on 04-Jul-2022
    Welcome!
Comment from Frank Malley
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How can one find a final farewell to life, its cruelties, its beauties, its lavishments, its extraordinary others? It is virtually impossible to do more than throw words and images at some listening intellligence, some center of all, something that can somehow package coherentyly the beautiful and the ugly, the perfect summer night and the gut-spewn battlefield.
In his poem, "After the Traumatic Brain Injury," McDowell's narrator speaks to an unresponding center of being passionately goes and leaves the fields of life bitter and uncertain of love's future. I'm out of sixes.

 Comment Written 02-Jul-2022


reply by the author on 02-Jul-2022
    great comments, Frank
reply by Frank Malley on 02-Jul-2022
    I missed a few words. Sorry, Tim. I keep my poems somewhat in view by reviewing, and sometimes the member bucks make me hasten.
Comment from Jennifer Keeley
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This is a wonderful piece. Each stanza is a part of the journey. You gave a physical and emotional description of what life was in that moment. The anger, the loss, and what is being taken away from you.

I look forward to reading more in this series of poems. Thank you for deciding to write about your journey. I am also a TBI and stroke survivor. It's a long journey -still is- but it is encouraging to know others are on that same journey with you.

 Comment Written 02-Jul-2022


reply by the author on 02-Jul-2022
    Thanks for the review, Jennifer, and for sharing your own personal history. Strength in numbers!
Comment from Carol Clark2
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What an interesting look at brain injury. Some of your descriptions remind me of my dad's struggle with the progression of dementia. You've used amazing metaphors to give us a picture of your illness. I'm so glad you've found healing and are able to write about your past. Thank you. Blessings. Carol

 Comment Written 02-Jul-2022


reply by the author on 02-Jul-2022
    Thanks for the great review, Carol. Yes, some of the symptoms (i.e. memory issues) resemble the effects of Alzheimer's.
Comment from Gloria ....
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It is truly a gift how you are able to bring beauty to unutterable devastation and feeling of doom.

It's as if you, the poet, is guided by a northern star even within the midst of barbed wire ripping through "flesh and veins".

A wonderful poem showing your reader the inside and outside of your trauma.

I am very much looking forward to reading this series.

Gloria

 Comment Written 02-Jul-2022


reply by the author on 02-Jul-2022
    Thanks for the great review, Gloria.
Comment from Ulla
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I can understand your anger an bewilderment of what has happened to you. I think it's a very natural reaction. Who wouldn't be frustrated in that situation? Ulla:)))

 Comment Written 02-Jul-2022


reply by the author on 02-Jul-2022
    Thanks, Ulla, for the kind review.
Comment from R.B.Bunn
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This is a very honest and intimate look into a dark time. It paints a stark picture and makes it very easy to put oneself in the poet's shoes. I loved the changing flows that seem like they could correspond with changes in mood or mental health. Thank you for sharing.

 Comment Written 02-Jul-2022


reply by the author on 02-Jul-2022
    Thanks for the insightful review.
Comment from sandramitchell
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That must have been so hard to bear, something you never expected to be struggling with up until that car accident. I fully understand your anger with God, so does He. We blame Him for all our emotional tragedies, there is no one else that we can. I'm sure God is being assaulted with angry prayers at the moment, it's been a terrible few months for many. We believe He can stop these things happening, He can, but it doesn't work like that. No parent can. You've written a very deep, dark poem about your feeling and emtions of that time. But we already know you have come through this a stronger person. Well done, I look forward to reading your journey to your recovery through your poetry. Warm hugs, my friend. :)) Sandra xx

 Comment Written 02-Jul-2022


reply by the author on 02-Jul-2022
    Thanks, Sandra for the great review.
Comment from Aussie
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I understand in part your journey; anger was my first response to coming home, couldn't stand up. I didn't blame god, I blamed myself because I had various warnings about 'don't ride a motorbike' which I ignored. Still, I came through the fog enlightened with humility, never knew the word before. A smarty-pants me. They are all lessons on our journey. Thanks for sharing Mr T. K xx

 Comment Written 02-Jul-2022


reply by the author on 02-Jul-2022
    THANKS FOR THE HONEST REVIEW. Hope all is well.