Ode to Ruby Rose

Your hair is sunlight


Illuminating your face


Strands like fingers




Sweet caresses


To your skin


Of silken lace




Mine is brittle


Whose strands betray


And belittle


The pulp that lies


Beneath my eyes


Flesh ruddy and hostile




Your breath kisses the wind


Mine is stained with the scent


Of cigarettes and sin


I have lived amongst men


But love only women


You love none


More than yourself


And display your body


For a living


I display my mind


And am a dying monument


To life upon the shelf




Your eyes shine like cerulean


And the diamonds you wear


Suggest the wealth of your talent


If only I could rest my head


Between your breast’s


Heaves of submission


And be reborn as beauty


Love, truth


And death in remission




You are an illustrated woman


Your flesh frames


Each picture you portray


So, I read you with a lascivious look


Devour your painted form


Like an open book


And then I look again


And imagine


That you have stamped


My library card of a heart


With a kiss of approval




But you are no more real


Than the love I feel


When I gaze at photographs


Of you


For you are young


And I am too old and ugly


To be loved by one


As beautiful as you



From Robin Williams to a bipolar superhero

The world mourns the loss of another hero. Yesterday, actor/comedian Robin Williams was found dead at his home. Initial reports suggested that the star of Mork and Mindy and Dead Poet’s Society had taken his own life.
Williams who, reportedly, had recently experienced severe depression, is the latest famous casualty of a disorder which claims dozens of lives daily. The disorder, aka, mental illness affects 1 in 3 people at some point in their lives.
When digesting the devastating news, I noted with more than a hint of irony, that the latest instalment of my online serial about bipolar superhero, Luna had been posted that very day. In contrast to highlighting the stark reality of the effects of mental health issues on the individual in the empirical realm, my serial depicts bipolar disorder as extraordinary. Luna’s bipolar elevates her above the homogenous, “sane,” masses. She is both gifted and cursed by her superhero abilities, bipolar 1, 2 and her own, 3.
Influencing the apparent contradiction between the nature of the existence of mental illness in the real world and that present in my fictional universe, is my belief that mental distress signifies a heightened and superior consciousness. At times of great distress, we access thoughts and emotions prohibited to those whose demeanours are more emotionally stable. During these times we undergo an internal battle, whose outcome may or may not be dependant on our brain chemistry. Robin Williams lost his battle, but Luna is doomed to win hers. Like Robin’s performances, fiction does not have to reflect reality, but, rather, makes life more fun.

Luna (the bipolar superhero) was initially published on http://www.artificecomics.com
NOW you can follow her adventures on imaginalist, please see my previous post for the link.