called you poet;
Poets called you shrink.
If you had presented a priest,
Clergy might rush to call you shaman.
Though shaman wisdom
would soon recognize you
in jazz standards and a cocktail piano.
healer in a world gone mad,
branding you insane;
insistent old bottles
fighting over a label for new wine.
us, your name
rolls off the tongue:
Socratic muse to
Unmasking psychopathology of the norm,
Hours of disjunctive babble,
while disguised as another patient.
"normalcy's" shell game
and the ever-popular:
as incongruence with
prevailing states of alienation!
Exposing the humbug wizard
hiding behind a curtain of
none able to distract you
from watching the other hand.
the flimsy shams we masquerade as love
no match for the Great Houdini of the
"A word more powerful members of a family
to control less powerful members" indeed.
Planting truth mines in the road to
The family as "protection racket."
Adaptation to "what"?
To a world gone crazy?
Sanity: our collusive madness.
presumes to trivialize
your healing legacy?
Shall we send Salieri
to tutor Mozart?
Let them call you Beelzebul
if it helps them feel safer from the
I feel our kinship in the workings
of an understanding heart.
Thanks for the light, Dr. Laing.