Sunday, 29 November 2009
Medication Time on Ward 4
It’s 10 O’clock. It’s medication time.
Not quite a bacchanalian feast of chemicals;
But they do iron out the larger quirks
And stimulate the dead-zones of the brain.
Out of the walls, like ghosts, come the patients.
They enter and travel the long silences.
Float on each dark space.
The clinical walls are deaf to the persons they contain.
Some patients sit with their eyes fixed on nothing.
They wait for the sun to shine on tomorrow.
There's one patient who got God’s best bum-deal.
She’s hid here in her little corner of the wide world;
Where her pain is kept safe away.
Her eyes are nailed to the germ-free floor
As she drags herself along the corridor…
Suddenly, she is mad at the world…
Quick! One for the seclusion room!
Hold her down tight.
Inject her arms.
Fill her with chemicals.
They’ll send her to a short-stay death.
Her mind will be closed down.
Soon after, she's rocking in the padded room.
I don’t know her story:
Why she cries.
Why she screams.
Why she bags the door all night.
And I shall never ask her.