Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Mental Illness Rides OCTA Bus

If one wants to see the mental care system in operation, merely ride the OCTA
Psyche wards on bus wheels will be on display
Too many riders have all the signs of mental illness that should frighten us
If there were mental health professionals there they would 5150 many and pull them off the bus
In the Golden State there is little if any money for treatment for mental illness so the affected will have to wait
Wandering the streets with their shopping carts doomed by uncaring counties and an uncaring state
Speeding by in cars the rest of us can tunnel vision on the road ahead
So easy to keep the windows up and ignore the problem instead
We may see them but they are invisible to most of us
But up close and personal you cannot escape reality when boarding a bus
But on listening to them shouting at imaginary demons you cannot their plight ignore
Only count the minutes until you are at your stop and can flee through an open bus door
You cannot speak with someone who has retreated into their illusionary world
Only wonder what demons and fantasies in their minds and emotions are swirled
Really sad but until the mentally ill start physically hurting themselves or others near
Zero help and the policies of neglect the state and counties will be their policy to adhere
© August 9, 2017, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet 
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