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spur lines - Geoffrey Aitken


mental health

is like a night train

with carriage lights

that flicker intermittently

to illuminate faces

whose journey status

is a mystery

while platforms

frog leap into window spaces

to flash confused prints

for retinal insight

all the while

that thoughtless engine

ploughs on

venting perfunctory shrieks

that drown interior monologue

while i

at times

also scream.


"I am an Australian schizophrenic with forty years of lived experience winding down slowly as I age and reducing stressors, including limiting toxicity, as advised by health professionals. I am now an awarded emerging (South Australian) poet with published success both locally and internationally. I continue to flag mental health issues in my writing hoping to encourage voices around the distinctiveness unwellness brings." Find more of Geoffrey's poetry on his website.

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