PTSD Survivor Poetry by Mike Shea

Friday, April 18th, 2014 • PTSD Guest Post: Survivors Speak

PTSD Survivor Poetry by Mike Shea is this week’s installment in our ongoing celebration of National Poetry Month….

MAY 11, 1972

There is something that enters
a soldier
when a fallen comrade
dies in action
an invisible substance
from millions and millions
who perished while
serving the order of things
leaders go out front
or hover above
distilling the big picture
while the grunts
stay on the ground
chewed up by malice
and hatred
I know a colonel
who died for me
and his invisible
substance entered me
at my meeting with terrorism
in 1972 Germany.
can you please define
invisible substance!
die for the stupid
die for the brave
die for right order
die cause its your turn
just die when its time



I smell your blood
I taste your bullets
I hear your smoke
I see your screams
I touch your mind
All of it
Every moment
Every cell
The hatred of intolerance,
Jihad, fatwah
The folly of aerial bombing
Civilian shields and
Mosques for munitions
The ignorance of politicians
Media and middle america
Oozes thru an open wound
As schrapnel in my psyche
A soldier’s stigmata

ptsd poetry by mike sheaMichael J. Shea is one of the preeminent educators and authors in the fields of somatic psychology, myofascial release and biodynamic craniosacral therapy. He presents seminars in biodynamic craniosacral therapy throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Far East. He received his master’s degree in Buddhist Psychology at Naropa University and a doctorate in Somatic Psychology at The Union Institute.

Dr. Shea was certified in 1986 as one of the first Full Instructors of CranioSacral Therapy by the Upledger Institute and was an advanced Rolfer for 20 years. He was adjunct faculty and taught human embryology in the pre and perinatal psychology doctoral programs at the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute in California.

As a formal student of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, his teaching style is grounded in his spiritual practice of developing embodied compassion with the use of manual therapy. For many years he has also apprenticed with a medicine man on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. From these traditions, he brings a unique cross-cultural perspective to teaching health and healing. Because of the influence of the Dalai Lama, his clinical focus is on treating infants and children with neurological problems and developmental delays. This also includes a unique approach to biodynamic practice called Cardiopathy in which the entire cardiovascular system is explored with subtle palpation.

Dr. Shea is the author of a number of books, including Somatic Psychology and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy – Volumes 1-5 published by North Atlantic Books. He has been a Florida Licensed Massage Therapist since 1976. He was a founding board member of the Biodynamic Craniosacral Association of North America, a founding member of the International Affiliation of Biodynamic Trainings and a member of the Massage Therapy Body of Knowledge Task Force (MTBOK). He makes his home in South Florida with his wife, Cathy.

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