final discharge

Psychiatry 3: After Asylum – Poem 35


in it’s serenity
the town cemetery is a beautiful place
the granite-work and the statuary
hold a sombre dignity
in the peaceful air
a contrast
to unmarked mounds that are
little more than gentle blemishes
in the waving grass
that surrounds the wandering path

many histories lie here
pioneer spirit and gold
plague disease and chinese ceremonial
anglican
jewish
catholic
and unwanted

on the left side
towards the back
inconspicuous and out of the way
are those unclaimed who are
at last
in possession of their final discharge

released
from the paternal care
of the mental asylum


© Frank Prem, 2016

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