In A Schizophrenic World - Poem

A brilliant mind going out of his mind

Or so the neighbors say.

Up all night scribbling on the walls.

Sometimes he just paints.

He creates pictures of pain

And equations we cannot understand.

Poems and songs are all over the hall.

The floor and ceiling are fare game for him to draw upon.

Does he take time to eat?

No one can say.

He rarely comes out.

Very few are allowed in.

This is his sanctuary with black out curtains, foil wrapped windows and

fly strips hanging down.

He has even painted the fly strips between folding newspaper sculpture.

Do not interrupt by stopping to say hi.

You might break his brilliant thought.

He is always on the verge of a breakthrough.

His pencils are always nearby.

He paints of Japan and people long dead

And monsters with knives under the bed.

There are no doors in his home except

The one at the front to keep everyone out and

The one on the fridge to keep everything in.

The bathtub looks dirty.

But take a closer look.

It is another easel

For his unbelievable work.

He has to create.

He has to get it out,

All of these thoughts jumbled in his head.

Somehow he hopes if he continues this plan

Showing no doubt,

These voices will leave and finally get out.


He is driven to create.

He has to draw, write, and paint.

It is all part of the scheme to

Follow the voices

Doing whatever they say.

He wants to please them

So they will decide not to stay.

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Frightening? Perhaps! Of course, it's pretty frightening inside the brain of each of us. Very provocative poem!


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lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Billybuc, Thanks for reading. Frightening is a great way to describe how our brains work. I am glad you appreciated my poem.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Wow, I new someone who is a schizophrenic and he did just as you have described, painted all kinds of things on the walls of his house. He is a good artist. It is strange how the mind works sometimes. Very interesting. Great hub. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Faith, the mind is a wonderful thing. My husband has schizophrenia and exhibits some of these behaviors. Not all of them. It can make for an interesting take on life. Thanks for reading.


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janesix 4 years ago

I am not schizophrenic, but I am bipolar and have been through psychosis, so I have an idea of what it's like. Great poem.


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lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Jane, Thanks for reading and commenting. My husband has bipolar as well so I understand some of what you deal with.


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ananceleste 4 years ago from California

My husband of twenty years has schizophrenia. So does my daughter. As you can see, for me, their reality is sometimes the only perception that I have. Is like competing with an invisible force that is stronger than you.

Deep and revealing poetry. Thumbs up.


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lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Anna, I agree it is like you against an invisible force when dealing with a loved one with schizophrenia. It can be hard. Thanks for reading and the thumbs up.

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