Hard Wired

Am I now too lazy to wrestle with rhyme?
Stealing stock standards: Rosemary and Thyme.
Clamped in the Stocks; rotten fruit, filth, and rocks …
Punished for being, or fleeing: Electric Shocks!
They kept me in prison, fried parts of my brain.
Electrons haphazard; Good gone – Bad remain.
Insanity now worn on placards with pride,
Pretending I’m all better now, not rotten inside.
Lithium, Librium, Largactyl – ZOMBIE!
I fooled them for then, but now they still want me.
More months of Bedlam surrounded by others the same
I cannot be cured; I’m a number, a name.
Once in the system they won’t let you go
I talk much too freely, I tell what I know.
But who’s there to listen, or believe what they hear?
He’s raving, he’s paranoid; Somebody to fear.
A loser, an outcast, a march hare …
From an Institution, so approach with care …
If You Dare, If You Dare, If You Dare.
I’ve left the big cities and tried to live freely,
No one to harm but myself, but
Technology follows me
And they know where to find me: To
Pull me back to the System
To bind me
Never let go, Never be free
I’m too much a danger to others, to me.
More ECT !
More drugs to enfeeble me?
More therapy from kids with a shiny degree?
Thank you, but NO I say, I’ll be OK …
They smile in amusement, ‘cause I’m loopy anyway.
Get out of your house and rejoin society:
There’s new drugs, new treatments, and groups you can join
Learn to act with propriety.
Dribble and drool with others
You’ll have picnics, and sing-songs, and have fun with clay
You can’t help what you’re like – You’re HARD WIRED that way
And besides that the System has you flagged!
You’re on the books,
So we can make you, y’know
We do have the power ………………

Hard Wired

Peter Searle ( the Elder )

North Country South Australia, Australia

Artist's Description

Maybe I really am paranoid! Once you have been in the clutches of the mental health system, they still have enormous powers, even though mental health has taken a back seat, and care facilities have closed all over the country; all over the world. Seems the new answer is to put patients back into Society as soon as possible. Governments make big noises, and even have a few websites, but as the problems increase the treatment is useless. OK, I am paranoid. Even when you take yourself out of the system it never lets you go.
This writing is about the painting of the same name.
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