liquid asylum

Sometimes writing comes to readers at exactly the right time. This is one of those times.

Within A Forest Dark

Woman by Roberto Ferrari, flickr Woman by Roberto Ferrari, flickrui

We think you should know, but you do, don’t you, dear ones, ones who have passed on, ones who now live in the street, ones who have killed and molder in prison, ones who live in underground spaces forgotten under cities until money and children and food go missing, until abandoned houses are destroyed, until libraries parks and public places reek of unseemliness, we will never leave you, the representatives of who you were before you were placed on operating tables, drilled clean through your skull, hammered through your eye socket, shocked with insulin and electricity, precious memories flying, shrieking, from your skin, old personalities, pleasures, predilections lingering saddened, forlorn, in corners of the operating room. See? The doctors and nurses and orderlies said. We don’t have to put them in cages. Look! We don’t have to put them in straight jackets. No longer the…

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  1. I have a friend, a Navy veteran with a drinking problem. Was thrown out of Bailey Village. Was in the Veterans Hospital to get a hip replacement and he got one. He was there I was told for months in recovery and all but a friend told me he was forced to leave because he procured some drink. Vodka is the one he likes. He was taking Oxycontin and yet still wanted the drink. So, he needed my help when he left the hospital, still in a wheelchair. He has some things in my van, his walker, clothes and such but otherwise he is out on the street. I met him at St. Francis House. He was there for a second time when I met him. He is, unfortunately, a republican and so disappoints me from time to time with political commentary. He had the wrong figures for unemployment back in 2012. He thought Alachua County’s were so bad. They weren’t but he reads different newspapers, you know. He says no big place to work, no big manufacturer or something he means. Doesn’t see the university as a thing, a place where people work, a big employer. Anyway, another homeless friend is kind of shackled with taking care of him.
    The people you run into when you’re homeless.

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