David Keig

(1951 / UK)

I Wonder


I wonder

How many people suffer from what i suffer from

And everyone puts it down to them just being

An angry or abusive kind of a person?

So they get labelled

And misunderstood

And little sympathy goes their way

The smallest thing seems to spark them off and people steer clear

'They should learn to control themselves' these people say

So, they get angrier and angrier because they are more and more ignored when what they want is to escape the spiral they're caught in

And smile

They often say 'everything is fine' because they get scared of people, these people, suspecting that one of their 'moods' is about to happen

Better to have the pain

The pain

Of suppression

Than court rejection

But for a while, only a little while

A breathing space sort of a while

For then the pressure cooker inside begins to heat and the lid clatters loud and the steam hisses and it bounces violent on the cooker and what's inside burns and smokes and chars and grills and boils and spoils

And, yet, they say

Try to say

Everything's fine

Until the hands tingle and the head goes blurry and the redness takes them and their mouth dries and they begin to tremble and nothing's fine at all.....

And people say

People say

Best avoid

Best avoid

Best avoid

People like that

And they do.

Submitted: Saturday, December 18, 2004
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