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This poem is also on the same theme of the medical model…a system reliant on medication…research indicates talking therapies are highly effective …I feel we slip all too easily down the path of sedation.

This poem Up and Away and Palm Sunday are both published in the Journal of Progressive Human Services, a special issue devoted experiences of mental health consumers (Vol, 24 Number 3 2013).


Up and Away

Telephone telephone telephone chatter
Words and word a thumping clatter
Nicotine rush
Adrenaline glow
Caffeine whoosh
Alcohol flow
Go with the glow
Go with the glow
Go go go with the glow

Sedative shush
Sedatives whisper
Sedative hush
Sedatives shush
Sedatives whisper
Whisper whisper