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Colin Hambrook is on his way down the mental health road / 2 August 2010

Love and possession. Digitised drawing © Colin Hambrook

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Another day, another poem, dragging through the ether. There are lots of twists and turns down the mental health road; no easy solutions, just lots of conundrums and silence scattered with unhealthy, stigmatising epithets of goodwill and brave wishes.

Love and Possession
Me and my shadow
kick an old leather football
back and forth across
a blackbird infested
patch of grass
inside the compound.

A wire mesh looms above us;
the taunts of twittering suburbia
are held by the rhythm of each thud;
the same old line tossing the
old argument back and forth.

Do love and need ever exist
without contradiction?

I make it through the reality check
and land on a bench dedicated to
Shirley 1943 – 2009;
a bunch of dead dream flowers
lie gaffa-taped above a memorial:
“I am the gentle sea breeze”
love and possession held fast
by stark yellow-black lines,
long after the last sod
has had its final say.
© Colin Hambrook

Keywords: mental health,recovery

Comments

Kevin Rowan-Drewitt

/
9 August 2010

Great poem and pic Col!

kerri

/
16 August 2010

FUCK ME RUNNING...... AWESOME, POWERFUL, AMAZING!

me,myself and I, believe that one must praise where it is justified, (me,myself, and I also believe in practicing the silence is golden rule,when the art is unjustified.) as an artist with mental health issues I can say almost anything I want,and then blame it on the mental health. I DO NOT!!!not my style. all the politically correct turds over here in the ''upper'' US of A.[you do get the that I am NOT of the politically correct US of A? ....right? would never be that raw. thankfully!

kerri --again

/
16 August 2010

If I had the money,I'd gleefully overpay.It speaks VOLUMES of my own souls journey. thankfully,the yellow brick road is lined with better yellow pill bricks than 20 years ago.

Follow YOUR path, please,-keep that in mind on the mental health journey.I am INSPIRED.I very,very rarely show anyone,I am not able to show those works, much less hang it all out there for the viewing public .INTENSE!! love love love the art.as dorothy would say---follow the yellow brick road. sincerly.