Rock Chick at Squatters Place

Category: Poetry Published in Ink Published: Sunday, 27 January 2019 Written by Richard J Bell

Rock Chick at Squatters Place

 Published by the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW in the 2013 Annual Poetry Journal

Wearing a bandanna with her guitar named ‘Cherub’
we played drinking games

The single mum who once yelled at me
for touching her fertility statue

Took me aside at work one day
as we planted trees in land conservation and restoration
telling me I needed a doctor

“Dickie, I think you’re sick,”
she told me.
“I think you have Schizophrenia.”

Even though I didn’t believe the rock chick at the time
I still value her words as she tried to help me

Remembering the stolen street sign
out the front of her house that read ‘Squatters Place.’


© Richard Bell 2013

The Gospel of Schizophrenia By Richard J Bell

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