Mania - Raymond Hoffman
Feeling bold and exacerbated,
Maybe I am just high strung,
Ricocheting off these walls like bumper cars,
A sparkler burning hot and bright,
Popping off like roman candles,
I am not always calm, but I am high,
A kettle left on the burner and forgotten,
Watch me melt away into my ecstasy,
Where I dance and scream all in one,
I’ll hit peak when crisis comes.
Raymond Hoffman has a background in political science and Southeast Asian Studies. He has taught in China for many years and currently is a fifth grade teacher in the Midwest. Poetry writing has been used by him as a coping mechanism for bipolar disorder for over a decade now. Sylvia Plath has always been a great source of inspiration, as has been Albert Camus.