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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.

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