wordsout by Godfrey Rust                                                Two poems for BPD  1 of 2    HOME  



You are tourists of me,

gawping along my streets.

My brave faces are shopfronts


but the stockrooms behind

are empty of goods.

You have no idea


the things I will do

for your favourable reviews,

to bring me more tourists


with their listless children

and restless eyes. The season

is nearly endedplease go,


take your litter, stop your babel,

I have to pull down these shutters

against these storms.


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 first of the three.

Godfrey Rust, godfrey@wordsout.co.uk. See here for details of permissions for use.