life shadows

as madness seeps, like enshrouding fog
its shadowy digits
parting fontanelle
and worming the fertile fabric of mind

does it take you there?
does it take you there?
does it take you there?
or does it take you away?

worm voices, Disney like
‘morning Sam’, ‘morning Ralph’
fill internal ears with disconnect
the switchboard on overload

and there you sit
smoking, thinking
like a nicotine Buddha
under the Bodhi tree

with Mara’s visions, tempting destruction and decay
medicated bondage, harnesses physical flailing
yet un-inhibits the desire, for unending pacification
like an infant suckling at a breast

your nicotine cradle
your alcohol mattress
your ganga blanket
tuck you into your own safe world

and I peer in from the outside
making funny faces and goo-goo noises
encouraging you to grow
into who you might ever be

take my hand and rise
take my hand and rise
take my hand and rise
jump- take my hand

and like Buddha
you stay steadfast to your path
madness
the formidable foe

© wildwomenlove poetry

life shadows

wildwomenlove

ADELAIDE, Australia

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someone I love sustained mental health issues through drug and alcohol abuse, and I have witnessed and journeyed with them throughout. it makes one wonder…

how does madness get into some heads but not others ?
perhaps some soft spots don’t close fully ?
are they in pain or ecstasy ?
some say it’s reverting to an infantile state
yet Buddha sat for years in his search for enlightenment.
the deity Mara tried to scare him away, many tried to coax him out
was he too, mad ?
yet he achieved so much in his disconnection from worldly things
he was truly connected to all…

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