Read warnings before ingestion
Do not operate machinery
Until two hours after writing poetry.
Do not wander lonely as a cloud;
Take your frustrations
And write something down.
Poetry won’t stop your delusions.
It won’t fix your disturbed brain.
If you need a hospital admission,
Poems won’t stop the mental pain.
But poetry is sometimes therapy to me;
It helps me get things out.
And sometimes anxiety is turned into words
That I write, instead of shout.
Still it often makes me wonder;
Writing under the influence of medication.
Are these words mine or the pills?
Or are my poems a collaboration?