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The Asylum

In the asylum
A man takes off his clothes, and runs
By day he holds his head and sighs
He says nothing
He has taken a vow of silence
He is depressed
They think.
Three sisters play scrabble with butter-beans
Their words are not as they seem
A woman is attempting to shriek down the walls
Of her mind
It's a real bind.
Most are out of sight, unkempt, unclean
Pumped noth-south with morphine
Attendants lack patience
Patients, attention
A man carries a can of pilchards
He claims it is his heart.
Meaningwhile, outside all is normal:
Little Irish men sit on horses
In coloured clothes
They cart the animals from place to place
People point and laugh.
Some put on their clothes, and run
Around the block
Around the park
Around the world
Some take off their clothes and swim
Across the pool
Across the channel
Across the world
Basket-cases ride balloons
Up, down
Around the world
Man and his pot-bound roots.
Others crouch in tin boxes
Made by Ferrari
Rolling about the bitumen
A director embezzles funds
Goes to prison and writes a book
Is set free
Then embezzles funds
That is nature.
A right-honourable somebody stands
Says nothing
Nobody listens
Then everybody disagrees
I blame my neighbour.
People say what they believe
And what they don't believe
It happens all the time
Some can't remember what they thought
So they make it up.
Others choose not to make a choice.
Bricks are piled high
To keep off rain
We sit inside
Behind the pane
Waiting for the day to be happy
Behold, its time to change another nappy.
Satnav shows the way upstairs
The only route is via Moscow
That is nurture.
Others tweet the latest news
I do confess I am confused
It is the colour of their shoes
They're loving life
Living the dream
All is not as it seems.
Models stand in windows
Too miserable to smile
Its all the bitter bile
For Nothing tastes as good as being thin.
Fashion is a sack
Ideal for today's sack-race
In other japes
The chairs are removed, one by one
In a basement a man lodges
A bullet in a revolving gun
'Please do not bring firearms to the office'
Reads the sign.
Except the man cannot read.
Somewhere an anthem plays
They drape a medal around a woman's neck
She has thrown a stone further than the rest
She has a beard.
Everybody cheers.
We all very much await the next event
- It's stick throwing.
More bricks are piled
In artistic places
To a string of impassive faces.
Sardines stop at stations
Eating sandwiches
Filled with sardines
Fed on hormones, and mashed sardines.
It's raining
And everybody's blaming.
Still, they sing
On the telly
In the bath
In the nut-house
In homeless shelters everywhere
Some judge
Some jeer
Some stare
Few care.
A blue and white ball of rock
Orbits a small orange
Ball of gas
Its a good flaming game
If you know the rules.
Still, they laugh
For the earth's a problem none can solve
Or so we're told
A humdrum conundrum
A Gordian knot
A blight
A blot.
In the asylum
A man takes off his clothes, and runs
By day he holds his head and cries
He says nothing
He has taken a vow of silence
No-one is surprised
He is depressed
They think.
Ladies play scrabble with butter-beans
Nothing, it seems, is quite as it seems
A woman attempts to shriek down the walls
Of her heart
A man carries with him a can of pilchards
Claiming it is his new start.
For when all is said and done
There's nothing new below the sun
That pale, monotonous drum
There is no magic potion
Just a hell of a commotion
But come, the fun has only just begun
Inside the Asylum.

##Asylum Poem##
Ch 1 Bubbles
Ch 2 Asylum
Modus Tollens