August 2013


Poisoning minds to rid their ailments
Healers hide ignorance behind bright coats and degrees
While prescribing smiles mask sadistic apathy.

Reckless treatments paralyze chatty lunatics
Into breathing bodies robbed of souls and tongues.

Protecting the sane by imprisoning the abnormal in white cells,
Contagious insanity, superstition long discredited
Strongly upheld by professional paranoia.

Cries echoing through halls mistaken for crazed fury,
Suffering ignored and caged like the eternally damned.

From manic to withdrawn,
Zombies made from pills, replacing volts.
Voodoo performed in civilized manner.

Brains injected with chemicals
No space for real relief.

Can the madness really end?

—Diana Elizondo

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