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 in response to paintings at the BEAT (Borough of Ealing Art Trail) exhibit at St John's Church, Ealing in September 2017.
The paintings, by Kim McLaughlin, 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.
© Godfrey Rust, firstname.lastname@example.org. See here for details of permissions for use.