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© NOVA OCTOBER 2009
I too am bedevilled,
and long to rest my crazed head
on your bouquet of breasts
while you sing to me hymns of old.
We can come to know each other
and talk through our madness
as we lie in perpetuity together.
We shall sound a warning to the world
of our ascendancy which will overcome
all the ghosts of Denmark and my
and no Hamlets or equivocators will
tur n us from our quest for sanity.
O rise from your weeping brook, and
show me the way.
Like Sandy, my son Miles is a
community educator and a speaker for
SANE Australia. (w w w.sane.org). Miles
has both bipolar disorder and OCD. When
he is unwell, it is sometimes difficult for
me to understand what goes on inside
his head but I catch glimpses when he
completes a pencil sketch or transfers
his thoughts to paper. He has been
my greatest teacher in this lifetime,
providing me with crash courses in
humility and acceptance of the
unacceptable. Among other interests, he
is fascinated by astronomy and astrology.
I watch him sit outside in the dark in his
pyjamas with a coffee and a cigarette,
looking up at the sky. Then he comes
inside and writes:
Earliest mor ning twilight.
Waning gibbous moon in the west.
I turn the porch light off.
Trigonometric functions transfuse the
Olfactory stimulation: plunger coffee
and ready-rubbed tobacco.
Pyjamas absorb perspiration.
Helios peeps over the treetops.
The gnomon casts a well-defined but
Terce. The twenty first.
The clock is an hour ahead.
Celestial cartography permeates the very
Post meridian transit -
I think I need another cup.
Latest evening twilight.
Subrufucious clouds dimming in the
Time for bed -
I'm too fatigued to wait for the moon.
Beginning on October 4th, Australia
celebrates Mental Health Awareness
Week. My wish is that the government
will announce they intend to match dollar
for dollar the $45.6 million they intend to
spend on Australia's bid for the 2018 World
Cup on building assisted accommodation
for the thousands of mentally ill and
homeless sleeping on our streets.
Well, I can wish, can't I?
SANE Helpline 1800 18 SANE (7263)
Sandy Jeffs is the author of Poems from the Madhouse,
The Wings of Angels: A Memoir of Madness,
Blood Relations, Loose Kangaroos and Flying With paper
Wings: Reflections on Living With Madness.
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