Posted by: David Harley | March 28, 2013

Glass

Schizoid

…between me
in my personal space
and you
safe and alert at the nurse’s station amid
glass
worked into

medicine bottles
specimen bottles
hypodermic barrels

glass
protects the fire alarm
and you, the fireman

glass
litters the floor
where a tantrum exploded

Outside
peers nervously between
metal bars protecting
glass
and you from me
and me from you
or me

Mostly
this locked ward resembles
a glass case
or a cage of mirrors

Published in ‘Under the Asylum Tree’ (Survivors Press 1995: ISBN 1-874595-01-1) and Vertical Images 3 (1988: ISSN 0269-0063)
Copyright David Harley 1975

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