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by Madam Z

After listening to me babble for an hour, Dr. Pressley looked at me calmly and pronounced me “bi-polar.” Now, I’m a lot of things - anxious, depressed, hypochondriacal and just generally nutty, but I don’t think I’m bi-polar. The Earth is bi-polar. I’m just one big equator. I don’t know why she thinks I’m bobbing up and down between the two extremes of mood. Hey, if you can’t laugh and make jokes about being dumped by your parents when you were five years old, and being put in a foster home with an old man who molested you, and being gang-raped by five guys when you were sixteen years old and being married to a man who demeaned and oppressed you for 20 years, then what can you joke about?

6S

Madam Z, whose full catalog is here, blogs here.

14 comments:

Leatherdykeuk said...

Nicely done. Almost funny if it wasn't so sad.

M as in Mint said...

Bi polar? Survivor is more like it!! Angels Vs. Demons is persistent and omnipresent. And what the heck, we all are bi polar then - if not always, there are those temporary snatches that we can't really help. But Warriors always make the Angel win. Admirable warrior attitude, great writing.

Montgomery Maxton said...

good job madam

Joe said...

A powerful six by a powerful writer and survivor. Madame Z is simply the best!

Linda said...

Wow, Madam Z... a mighty powerful story told with scant words. BP or no, you sound more functional than most of the rest of us...perhaps our neurotransmitters surge up and down as a defense mechanism against...life. Peace...

Harry said...

Hey Z, If it's between laughter and tears I say go for the yucks. The unexamined life may not be worth living but I'm not sure paying a shrink who's probably seeing a shrink to tell you what flavor crazy you are and give you a perscription that'll Stepford you right up is what Socrates had in mind. Loved your line about being "just one big equator". Just try to keep it between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn so "they" don't throw a net over you.

Ian said...

Yeah, what Harry said. All the great comics were mad, sad and/or bad. It's the key to comedy. Nicely done, Mme Z.

austere said...

Terrific.

Had commented yesterday, the net ate it up.

Jp said...

Two shots of happy, one shot of sad. Nicely done, madam.

Anonymous said...

One hundred shots of awesome.

Alone on the Isle said...

Sounds more like strength to me -- and there isn't anything wrong with that.

margery said...

Great stuff.

Madam Z said...

Thank you all for your kind komments. I'm 100% happy now!

Anonymous said...

I'm w/ you, Madam Z. You've got to laugh to keep from crying. It's the only way to survive.
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