Now the mask is inside out,
its private workings exposed,
don’t be alarmed at all that
streams away, black or blasphemous.
These are not demons but familiars:
I have learned what to expect.
Something must be out of my mind,
better them than me.
One of a pair of poems written by Godfrey Rust in response to paintings by Kim McLaughlin at the BEAT (Borough of Ealing Art Trail) exhibit at St John's Church, Ealing in September 2017.
The paintings are a tryptych tracing the effects of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) on the sufferer. This poem is a response to the third of the three. The second was matched to an existing poem by Joe Kelly, and Godfrey Rust wrote a response to the first.
Painting by and © Kim McLaughlin, all rights reserved.
Poem © Godfrey Rust 2017, firstname.lastname@example.org. See here for permissions.