Terry Collett

Gold Star - 23,271 Points (13/12/1947 / LONDON)

Mind Quack 1971 - Poem by Terry Collett

Yiska feels as if
she's about to
split open
and her mind

pour out
all her thoughts
and feels like
she's about to vomit

but she doesn't
now she feels
as if she's constipated
and the thoughts

and words
won't budge
and the mind quack

sits opposite her
at his desk
and she sits
cross legged

staring at him
and out
of the window
behind him

she can see snow
drifting slow
then fast

as if it can't
make up its mind
what to do
and on his desk

is a photograph
of a family group
of smiling faces
and she hates it

the smiling
that we are ok
and living well
kind of look

she says nothing
the words
have become
bunged up

in her head
and he talks
about ECT
about how it helps

and others
with mental
health issues

and all she wants
is to go back
to the locked ward
and sit

in the arm chair
by the window
and radiator
in her night gown

and think of nothing
just good old nothing
and wait until
Benny arrives

and sits beside her
and they both sit
and think of nothing
and nothingness

enfolds them
like a warm
fat mother
and they just

like to be
close to each other.

Topic(s) of this poem: life

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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