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  A schizophrenic moment
by Sandi Lyn Schraut
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Rated "PG" by the Author.

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To live within the mind of a schizophrenic is to know true fear!

A flash of shadow in the dark
Fleeing feet encased in dew
Winded from this reckless flight
Too fearful yet to stop and breath

Each shadow seems to hold a menace
Each hushed sound just renews the terror
But just ahead a place of refuge
And safety from this feel of dread

A bronze key rams into the lock
and hastily it opens
Behind the slammed door finally
The ragged breaths soon slow

But even here within this safety
The paranoia brings unease
As voices ring between her ears
And push against her senses

The food that was just purchased
Tastes tinged with something foreign
And water from the faucet
Has lost the clarity expected

She looks at all the pills that lay
Spilled out across the kitchen table
And thanks the Lord that she has learned
That they deliver poison

She sits all crumpled in a corner
Her eyes alert for any danger
Her mind awash with rampant thought
Too scared to move, from this small spot.

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Reviewed by Lucas Wottrich
Nice one! really like it, was this written from personal experience?
I have a poem about a similar subject called 'Incomprehensible". It's posted on this site, you are welcome to look at it.
Reviewed by Jean Pike
Very real and true. Thanks for writing it.
Reviewed by Android Tewnty-Two (Reader)
WOw.... this is inspiring. I'm writing a fanfiction on a man who gets schizophrenia and I totally love how this is written. You've given me inspiration to finish up my fic. You're welcome to read it if you'd like.
Reviewed by Lynn Barry
chillingly portrayed...excellent!
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
A heartfelt and compassionate portrayal of a fearsome disease, Sandi. Thank you. Love and peace.

Reviewed by Jane Rodway
I know this first hand as my brother is schizophrenic and you have summed it up perfectly. It is a difficult condition and the problem is that most in society do not respect people with mental illness, let alone try to understand it. They are afraid that one day it might be them, but that still is no excuse for mistreatment. Excellent poem.
Reviewed by jude forese
when i was a nursing student, i witnessed the frame of mind you've written of and was always overwhelmed by the tragedy of it ...
Reviewed by Richard Christopher Suarez

I have a special sentiment .....a natural inclination
for the people who suffer with mental Disease , discomfort
or challange and Your poem cause release of congested emotion.
Really moving....And what an Exceptional Descreiption that
allows the reader to clearly form a definition....each individual!
Peace and long life of joyfilled creativity!
Rich Criso Suarez
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

You and I on the same page today...sort of...

A powerful telling of what people suffering from this terrible condition go through; vivid and intense; well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(
Reviewed by E T Waldron
Superb write Sandi, I nursed a schizophrenic once and know well the fears and mood swings...

Reviewed by Kate Clifford
This must be a scary situation to be in! Great capture and write.
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