Thursday, March 27, 2014


Your reality is not mine.
I will never succumb
to the seduction of madness
the world you live in
uses to enslave the masses.

I cannot be educated
or trained
or fixed
or abused
enough to buy into
the reality of your torture
of the least among you.

No use of psychiatric labels
or mental health laws
that violates human rights
can turn my soul
dark enough to join
a band of barbarians
as they use their power
to push more people
into poverty and despair.

I guess I will remain
an outsider
and keep my label
given to me
by psychiatry
because I also have
a label given to me
by the One who hung
on the cross.

© Ed Cooper, March 27, 2014, Stoney Creek, Tennessee
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