Elizabet in the Asylum


That is what they call me
Not the name that’s mine
Medamentika they say
And we all stand in line

I dont know what Im taking
Will these pills make me small?
Or will I grow too large by far
To fit in these old halls

They watch me swallow down
Dismiss me back to bed
A cage within a cage
Inside the cage that is my head

I stare at books of phrases
And try to absorb words
Like how to say I’m hurting
But this language seems absurd

I think i’ve got the hang of it
I’ll tell them I can’t sleep
But when the nurse starts yelling at me
All I do is weep

Sitting on a toilet
Pants around my feet
She’s screaming in her language
As I cower in defeat

The words i learned take flight
Im struck completely dumb
In abject fear I tremble
And then the tears just come

She slams the door behind her
Im left alone again
I only know Im human
Because I feel the shame

So back to bed I go
I lie there quietly crying
I think if I remain here
I’m sure to end up dying

Stitches without pain relief
A doctor with no smile
A hefty fine to pay him
And I live another while

Until they sell us edges
Silver sharp and glinting
Go ahead and do it
That’s surely what they’re hinting

I try and then I fail
They force me to expose it
The nurses are all baying
My blood is on their noses

They only let me leave
Because I sign their clause
My end won’t be their fault, oh no
Their ‘care’ won’t be the cause


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