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I write what I feel…




She refused to mellow with age,

Filling herself with spite and rage,

Living on the edge of insanity

Uncontrollable profanity,

Psychosis, neurosis.

Hatred tipped the scale,

Took her *beyond the pale,

Her actions were intolerable,

Her conduct inexcusable

And this impropriety caused

Her rejection by society.

Do not let this happen to you or to anyone you know.
If you ever feel out of control, please do not hesitate to ask for help.
That’s what doctors are here for.

In the nominally English territory of Ireland, only the pale fell genuinely under the authority of English law, hence the terms within the pale and beyond the pale.

Unacceptable; outside agreed standards of decency.

©Denise G Allen, 12 January 2013 03:18

Author: adeeyoyo

I am a middle-aged South African woman, living in Johannesburg. I began writing poetry towards the end of May 2010. I love animals – sometimes more than people! I am back after a break. Thanks for still being here, if you are! Missed you! xxx

14 thoughts on “Self-Destruction

  1. Powerful writing adee.


  2. Omg Denise, your words describe my mother-in-law as she slipped into Alzheimers. She was the most the lovable person I had ever known and this disease turned her into a monster.

    My hope and prayers for your friend.

    Blessings ~ Maxi


    • I didn’t want to write this post, but I found I absolutely had to. There is such a stigma attached to mental illness and the more it is put out there in the open, the more people will understand and discuss it and also realise there is no shame in going for help. Thanks for your input, Maxi.. ♥


  3. ugh…it is sad….and hopefully she will listen when they say something to her…this is hard…and sometimes they dont realize which makes it all the harder….


    • That is the thing, Brian. They can’t see that there is anything wrong, especially with themselves. They will lash out at any such suggestion. And even at someone close to them. I don’t know anthing about this, but perhaps a calming medication could help… I hope so and that she is given something to help her.


  4. Wonderful teaching!


  5. So nice Denise.

    Thank you for introducing me to such a lovely phrase … Beyond the Pale.

    This is absolutely new to me.


  6. A really odd expression, SuNaMu, which one doesn’t hear much these days. It must have been lying dormant in my subconscious mind and just popped out.

    I never want to experience this again if I can possibly avoid it! 😦


  7. A salutary lesson, Denise. (The Pale was a fence around a town. Those inside were civilized. Those outside were either savages or lepers – unwanted and feared, and kept outside the Pale.)



  8. Well said, Adee – see this so often


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