Ted Sheridan

*ophelia The Madness

Here is where.....
Madmen write verse for their amputated lovers
with blue fountain pens and quills of clotted ink
Scribbling morbid memories yellow with old malaria
running like diseased rats through cellar thoughts
They cut themselves to see if their subjects will bleed
for their extremities are filled with a royal great pain
Morphine pumps hang from a weathered weather vain
spinning in the wind like some Blowhard's narcotic sonnet
Critics wither in their own flatulent and fowl wind
inhaling the breath of Artisans
Here is where..... language is a lost vagrant
Here is where..... everything and nothing rhymes
Here is where.....
Madmen dissect the bloated toad Shakespeare
inching closer to his truth with every stroke of genius
Verse is stolen from the cesspool of moronic poems
and published on whiskey soaked bar napkins
One in a million will find a star on which to ride
while all others will sink below the bog of verbosity
Disappearing into the darkness of obscurity
left to rot with extrapolated numbers of lifeless limbs
Here is where.....
Madmen guzzle pint by bloody pint of premium Ale
yet to render only another quart of stinking bloody piss
Where cockroach squatters count the missing legs
on the stools where hookers and whores sit eating prose
And Syphilis has been spoon feeding poor Yorick's scribe
a double dose of gambles and song to make a table roar
Horatio counts his money into a Barmaid's cum filled hand
hoping to yet land her to her lady chambers if he can___
Alas........
Here is where.....
Madmen reside within the realm of sanity......

©2007 Ted Sheridan

Poem Submitted: Thursday, February 22, 2007
Poem Edited: Saturday, January 22, 2011

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  • Emily (3/25/2018 1:24:00 AM)

    Putting paragraphs into screed from a right-wing blog does not poetry make.

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  • Vikash RanjanVikash Ranjan (10/22/2016 1:08:00 AM)

    Madmen write verse for their amputated lovers

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  • Brian JaniBrian Jani (5/5/2014 5:36:00 AM)

    Nice vocab use Ted keep writing

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  • G. Murdock (4/18/2009 8:19:00 AM)

    Great sweep of dystopic vernacular....you cut into the fabric of American culture and easily defeated the weak assumptions held holy by the unconfirmed masses.

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  • John Lyday (4/8/2009 6:44:00 PM)

    Good tone and theme. The language is remarkable.

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  • Lee Crowell (3/23/2009 8:36:00 PM)

    I just read all your poems that begin with an asterisk assuming that these are your latest work.
    This one is my favorite. I feel I could have written this,
    well, maybe only if I were you. The point is...

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  • Sally Plumb (2/24/2009 10:36:00 AM)

    I can understand why your poetry is so popular

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  • Eddie Roa (1/20/2009 5:34:00 PM)

    This is a great write. I like poems that are deliciously dark. You added rawness to the already demented realm of this Shakesperean tragic tale.

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  • Loreta Muskardin (12/5/2008 11:47:00 PM)

    Very impressing..thanks for sharing this poem

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  • James Roberts (11/21/2008 3:04:00 AM)

    An excellant poem reminds me of the liverpool poets but this poem is much richer
    I'll read some more your work over the weekend
    jim

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  • Dr Rajesh Kumar Vaid (11/17/2008 6:33:00 AM)

    How painfuly beautiful catharsis!

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  • Ophelia Payne (7/25/2008 9:09:00 PM)

    Oh yes fellow word smith I now know, How wonderful. Ophelia I am madness is my game poetry my game.

    Thank you,

    Ophelia

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  • john tiong chunghoojohn tiong chunghoo (1/13/2008 8:32:00 AM)

    yes, people write poetry to express themselves, their ideas, feelings, whatever..that keeps them sane. not everybody is looking for fame ted.

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  • Elysabeth FaslundElysabeth Faslund (7/15/2007 6:49:00 PM)

    Madmen dwell quite happily in this poem...such inspiration from your exquisite lines...they may use quite a lot of bar napkins. This will be read again...Bukowski-ish. If this poem would have been rough, hell it would be Bukowski served up!
    xxElysabeth

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  • Ivan Donn Carswell (6/4/2007 6:21:00 PM)

    Ted, I am usually handy with a quip and a ribald comment to complement something I really enjoyed. But this is bloody magnificent - left me grasping for worthy words. It reminds me of stuff I read in the early years of Ginsberg, Bukowski, et al, but much more cogent. It is a smorgasbord of quotables - like a collection of one-liner gems, each a perfect image of a past which we wont let pass. Thank heaven's you took the time to meld this beauty together; it is timeless yet so bloody pertinent. Back to the desk m'boy, there has to be more to come! Regards, Ivan (PS: Meta is an unusually good judge of poetry in addition to being a fine writer to boot...)

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  • C.R. Ebowski (2/24/2007 8:43:00 AM)

    Bravo....Bravo....this is truly impressive - well done Ted!

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  • THE LAST REMNANT OF SANITY BIDS YOU ADIEU (2/23/2007 11:00:00 AM)

    Well Dude, if you're not published already, you really should be! This is fresh and imaginative language, for sure!

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  • Dee Daffodil (2/22/2007 11:00:00 PM)

    Wow! ! ! ! This one is very powerful! For once...I think I'm actually speechless!
    Hugs,
    Dee

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