A Pale Street Light On The Calm Black Water

(Psychotic Episode #2)

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Art is a substitute for violence. The same impulses that drive persons to violence — the hunger for meaning, the need for ecstasy, the impulse to risk all — drive the artist to create.

Rollo May, Power and Innocence (1972)

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for these cracked brains

in each soft corner

sky is hell-red

through these hours of pain

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for these cracked brains

in each soft corner

little black puppets

are dancing

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for these cracked brains

a pale street light

on the calm black water

a dying star

melting away

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and the mad poet said:

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in a dream

I shall feel god

who bit flowers of ink

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I shall feel god

who dreamt

in the wine of daylight

stronger than

alcohol lightnings

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and the mad poet said:

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it was his voice

mad with love

beautiful as snow

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I no longer

felt myself –

imploding

backwards

into sleep

I hung there –

a clockwork

of bone

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by Peter Bies & Arthur Rimbaud

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Peter Bies © 2010

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