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The Ward of the Madwomen at S. Bonifazio in Florence
by Jane Rodway
Tuesday, January 06, 2004

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Based on the painting by Italian painter, Telemaco Signorini- this poem is dedicated to my brother and others with mental illness- may you always know where you belong.

If you knew these four walls,
you would understand.

If you felt this freezing tile floor,
you would remember.

She leans that way,
because she is searching for balance.

She stares that way,
so she can find her lost soul.

She hides her mouth,
so she won't have to explain.

She watches her,
because she thinks she may see her cry.

She is shrouded, head down,
because she chooses not to see.

She clings to the table leg,
because she thinks it is a safe place.

She shouts and waves her fist,
because she knows no one hears or sees.

She drops her head back to the wall,
because the ceiling reminds her of the sky.

She has her head in her hands,
because it helps her to forget where she is.

She turns away from them all,
because she doesn't think she's as crazy as they are.

I stand here, hands clasped and alone,
because there is nowhere else that we belong.

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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/7/2004
Very well done and powerful in meaning. Thank you for this offering, Michelle. Love and peace, Regis.
Reviewed by Simon Thurlow (Reader) 1/7/2004
Very very good. I liked the way you structured this
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/7/2004
Excellent Michelle!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Jimmy Holder 1/6/2004
Sad, fast paced, well-written!
This stood out for me also:
She drops her head back to the wall,
because the ceiling reminds her of the sky.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/6/2004
Extremely sad and profound write, Michelle, but an excellent reminder of the terrible plight of many.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 1/6/2004
A sad write...very descriptive with great imageries indeed!

Sandie Angel a.k.a. May Lu :o)
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 1/6/2004
Sad, some folks still put a stigma on broken minds, I know anguish when I came home to an empty house with wife and son gone, on my birthday, thought I had gone insane, written from a unique dimension..
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/6/2004
(((michelle)))

a powerful, haunting write--i've known many people with mental illness, it's too bad they are either locked away or thrown out on the streets, left to fend for themselves

disturbing images--you've captured the horrors perfectly

*BRAVA, well done*

(((HUGS))) and love,

karla.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 1/6/2004
Stark and deeply disturbing; but a powerful write, nevertheless! Wonderful imagery! (((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(
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