Readmission Imminent

Readmission Imminent

Out in the cold, alone in the dark,
wits dulled by years on the ward
after decades of slow deterioration,
he staggers certain half-lit streets,
enters abandoned buildings,
but finds no solace there.

He huddles in corners and mutters;
recites the empty justifications
he created so long ago
to rationalize his state;
he chants the sad mantra
of his ruined condition.

Toward dawn, unsatisfied,
he turns himself in again,
uncomprehending, incomprehensible,
at the front gate of the hospital,
exhausted.

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RDP Friday
~ Exhausted ~
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