opening the door surveying the realm

Psychiatry 4: Acute Observations – Poem 37

this is not a locked ward
it is classified open:
I checked

but I am standing
for staff to open up
let me enter
to notice that I am here

there is a gaggle of them
talking in the nurses station

they are too busy
to pay attention


and this is it
my new ward
the ward of rumour
and innuendo

the place of raised eyebrows
and a muttered

good luck

when it is mentioned
when my new role
is spoken of

this is that place

so many lost souls
falling under the sway
and barely existing

within these crazy walls
day after day
it seems tragic

and then
there are the patients

© Frank Prem, 2016

Next – a doctor for the seclusion room


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