Bipolar Poetry

I’m better now (a rondeau) by Theresa Rodriguez

I’m better now, though I was ill
for many years. Raw memories still
pervade my mind, for I can see,
dictated by insanity,
a fight for every force of will.

Pure manic energy, the thrill,
harsh dangers, foolish acts, until
judgment was gone; but thankfully
I’m better now.

Dark lowness that could bleed and kill,
hard emptiness, death, cold, and chill,
enchained; but now a change in me:
both poles subdued! Miraculously,
due to new pills, (and medical skill),
I’m better now.

Theresa Rodriguez is the author of three books of poetry: Jesus and Eros: Sonnets, Poems and Songs (Bardsinger Books, 2015), Longer Thoughts (Shanti Arts, 2020), and Sonnets, a collection of sixty-five sonnets (Shanti Arts, 2020). Her work has appeared in such journals as The Scarlet Leaf Review, The Wilderness House Literary Review, Spindrift, Mezzo Cammin, The Road Less Traveled, and the Society of Classical Poets Journal. Her website is, where you can view videos of her performance poetry and find information about her books. Follow Theresa on Instagram and Twitter @thesonnetqueen.