Twice daily

They’re talking about mental illness
like it’s an illness and not an inability,
perhaps that’s the illness but who decides?

Easy to think yourself into a state,
getting irate because the clock
looks untimely,
remind me again, what is sane?

Maybe it’s we who are ill and those
we think ill are not ill at all,
maybe it’s us that needs looking at.

Justification is another form of
self medication,
best taken before feeing the need.

© 2020, John Smallshaw.