The Multiple Minds of a Fractured Persona

By Just Dave

Michael and Joseph were one in the same 
Two different people who shared the same brain 
Joseph was born because Michael was weak 
With one in control the other would sleep 

Fractured by rape and years in a cage 
Destroyed by a man with unchecked rage 
The day they were saved they both went away 
And a frightened  young boy was born that same day 

His name was Bill and now there were three 
A 10 year old boy still trapped on his knees 
Out he would come,  in the dark of night 
To wail and scream till dawns early light 

I was born last. My name is just dave 
I'm here to stay for all that I gave 
​I deserve  this life although it's not mine 
I deserve each pleasure, each food, each wine 

For 3-1/2 years I lived that way 
My diligent work had kept them at bay 
I knew of them and they knew of me 
I kept them caged or I set them free 

Until one night when it all slipped away 
The gatekeeper's sleep had a steep price to pay 
Like a horrible dream it all fell apart 
With Joseph's rage being only the  start 

In the alley dark is where Bill would hide 
With Joseph and Michael not far behind 
By the time I arrived it had all spiraled down 
Bill's ceaseless screams while forced to the ground 

I asked Joseph why he'd do what he would 
He promised he'd stop if only he could 
Joseph was sure if Bill were gone 
The rest, in harmony, would carry on 

He pressed the gun against Bill's head 
He prayed to God  for it to all end 
He pulled the trigger and we all fell  down 
Spilling our lives on the cold winters ground 

When I  awoke, they were all  tucked away 
Like I said to you once, I'm  here to stay 
I've  taken it back because the others are weak 
And I'll forever search for the peace that we seek

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Copyright 2017 Just Dave
Published on Thursday, July 20, 2017.     Filed under: "Abuse" and "Poetry"

Author's Note:

Michael was 10 when he was kidnapped, raped and caged. After years of captivity his mind split into multiple alters. Michael is weak. Joseph is always enraged. Bill is forever 10 on the first day he went missing. I'm just Dave. And I'm the gatekeeper
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  • FlowMyTears On Sunday, April 19, 2020, FlowMyTears (59)By person wrote:

    "No more can they keep us in Listen, damn it, we will win" so sad, disturbing, entertaining

  • sadistic intent hex On Friday, August 16, 2019, sadistic intent hex (213)By person wrote:

    you gripped my ADHD mind from start to finish so riveting and mind bending

  • VERITAS OMOIKANE On Saturday, July 13, 2019, VERITAS OMOIKANE (24)By person wrote:

    there isn't enough that i can say about the rare gem that is this piece. kudos to you and thank you for sharing, i appreciate you.

  • vamp_111 On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, vamp_111 (37)By person wrote:

    damn....good write my friend. you have left me absolutely speechless...

  • ADevilParadigm On Thursday, February 14, 2019, ADevilParadigm (29)By person wrote:

    I... this. Sufferer, we are aloof, kindred brothers you and you and you and you(or more?), and I and I and I and I and I and I and I and I. This has me speechless, kudos and hearts. One hundred percent.

  • soul_versing On Monday, January 21, 2019, soul_versing (885)By person wrote:

    I can't believe that after all this time I'm finally reading this. I'm torn and speechless... Spectacularly wrought. .hugs.  Scholar

  • sTr8-jAcKeT On Wednesday, December 26, 2018, sTr8-jAcKeT (818)By person wrote:

    Deep and very moving. If there is validity to what you say, I feel for you my friend. Excellent piece.

  • A former member wrote: This is absolutely fucking amazing. You managed to make such a complex thing so easy to understand. I relate to multiple personalities although I am only made up of 2...this must be agonisingly hard to control. Excellent ink

  • TropicalSnowstorm On Saturday, February 10, 2018, TropicalSnowstorm (1715)By person wrote:

    That was an intense piece! Interesting content, which was thought provoking...was the suicide attempt real, or a symbolic act? Is just Dave the only survivor now? Scholar

  • midnights voice On Thursday, January 11, 2018, midnights voice (969)By person wrote:

    Wow Just Dave I never knew this about you Makes me have great respect for your ability to cope under such distress.

  • drasticdaydreams On Tuesday, November 21, 2017, drasticdaydreams (64)By person wrote:

    It won't let you go. Beautiful piece.

  • dwells On Sunday, November 19, 2017, dwells (4339)By person wrote:

    A startling portrayal of something that in many small ways (though much larger for some) can make us who we are JD. We cope and move on, or hope to, eventually. Cheers my friend - Dan

  • A former member wrote: You are all necessary. And you are all beautiful.

  • AmethystAsh On Monday, November 13, 2017, AmethystAsh (51)By person wrote:

    Tragic and intense. Talk about fringing balance between it all. Great write. Sending good vibes your way. ~ Ash

  • Cassette On Wednesday, November 1, 2017, Cassette (1152)By person wrote:

    Sad but intense. I've been studying case studies about DID for school. Best of luck with everything.

  • A former member wrote: The human mind will never stop fascinating me, very intense text.

  • SolApathy On Sunday, September 10, 2017, SolApathy (601)By person wrote:

    What a riveting and deep poem of utter consequence, and the steps we take to contain the darkness we cannot contain...

  • A former member wrote: This makes me think of the story of Colleen Stan. She was kidnapped when she was trying to get to a friend's house, and was held captive as a sex slave for seven years. Her abductor had her living in a box when she wasn't being used by him. This is galvanizing, and it really illustrates just how the mind works in a dire situation like this. Amazing job, dearie. Rebs:).

  • A former member wrote: WOW...Beautifully written, very profound! Thanks for sharing.

  • A former member wrote: Each line pulls you in further. Very good. Very relatable

  • Mute Serenade On Wednesday, August 2, 2017, Mute Serenade (447)By person wrote:

    The flow... The content... The beauty in the chaos. Fantastic write.

  • Star On Sunday, July 23, 2017, Star (926)By person wrote:

    this piece was brilliant. good job to you. as drea said, i also have a friend who has multiple personas. this work reminded me of split, too. i'm glad i read it.

  • Drea On Sunday, July 23, 2017, Drea (1450)By person wrote:

    This. This took the air out of me. I have a friend that has multiple personalities. I've dealt with him for 17 years. This was eerily similar to a few situations. Damn good job.

  • bobbery On Saturday, July 22, 2017, bobbery (123)By person wrote:

    true or fiction, its a great write and familliar

  • Just Dave On Sunday, July 23, 2017, Just Dave (460)By person wrote:

    Depends on which one of us you ask. LOL

  • Mute Serenade On Wednesday, August 2, 2017, Mute Serenade (447)By person wrote:

    Ha! Awesome :)

  • Arwen On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, Arwen (187)By person wrote:

    A really fascinating poem. I like it!

  • worm On Sunday, July 16, 2017, worm (1210)By person wrote:

    very descriptive! the whys and wherefores of a shattered mind is a interesting subject, indeed... well written and interesting to say the least! ~worm~

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