Sunday, December 26, 2010

Accidental Grace


SUNDAY 160
http://petzoldspracticalprose.blogspot.com/
(A comment  on 'Aftermath' in 160 characters)

ACCIDENTAL GRACE

The enormity created elegance
The bare bones back-lit
Brought grace to the aftermath.
And so we see the monument
Rising of its own volition.
*
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DOORWAY TO HELL

Your body may be sick;
It is treated.
Your mind may be sick;
It is treated.
*
Today
There is no differentiation.
Pills, injections,
Therapies
Abound.
Above all there is sympathy.
*
But go back two hundred years
To a Mental Asylum
In New South Wales.
These steps,
This door
Would have struck terror to your very soul.
*
Maybe you awoke
Muddled,
Befuddled,
In a grey mist of uncertainty.
Who am I?
Where am I?
Maybe I am not here at all!
*
Maybe someone asked you something.
Maybe someone brushed up against you.
Maybe someone looked at you in a strange way.
Maybe you were made to eat unpleasant food.
*
For whatever reason
You cracked!
The whole world exploded
In a bewildering array
Of flashes,
Noises,
Sensations you could not describe.
*
To escape, you flailed your arms,
Screamed,
Kicked,
Yelled abuse.
The well-meaning attendants were powerless
Against your devilish strength!
*
Several of them pinioned your arms,
Tied you in a straight-jacket,
Frog-marched you to the steps,
To The Door.
And locked you in.
*
There, in the dark
You suffered alone.
Until reason prevailed.
*
Or until you died.
*
Be thankful.
*
 

5 comments:

Brian Miller said...

nice...i really like your 160...a wonderful shop as well...will they build it back?

Geoff maritz said...

Hello Brenda. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. Not everyone does. We don't have many earthquakes in the cape so the fact that you were here when one took place was a privilege and something you will remember for the rest of your life. Yes I'm thankful but not insane just forgiven.

Monkey Man said...

Meaningful takes.

Cheryl said...

Both pieces are hauntingly beautiful.

gospelwriter said...

I really like your 160 - a great take on the photo, the words are just right...