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Patricia Hughes

Updated: Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:20 am

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I'm a wife,daughter,mother and grandmother. The written word has helped get me through many dark times. I have only recently started writing again after losing my creativity to depression. I have had some short stories published a fair few years ago but this was only through the local creative writing group. I believe that poetry and any form of self expression can be an important part of recovery from mental illness.


The Day My Dad Went Mad. He came undone with no sense of decorum. His pants soiled and the room reeking of shit. Paisley and the Pope shook hands in the Ivy house across the way,or so he said. We laughed because it was easier than crying. This was no celebrity breakdown. There was chaos as he tried to climb the venetian blind. And people sniggered as he danced with the shopping trolley, Mums best table lamp balanced on top to show him the way. He became mute. Exhausted by this world he retreated to some other benign place. Lingered there for months,wrapped warm and cosy in a strait jacket. He came home on Christmas day,a male nurse on either side of him. His crazy blonde quiff still shone like a halo in the late December sun, but nothing else remained. He was a husk of a man. A lithium hologram.

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patricia Hughes

Fri 18th Aug 2017 23:19

Thank you for commenting Tomas,it is indeed a difficult journey.

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patricia Hughes

Fri 18th Aug 2017 21:32

the lilies are from my garden and ended up on here by mistake,though maybe they will be my inspiration for an upbeat poem.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Fri 18th Aug 2017 15:48

Purple lilies! Do they have a special significance? Perhaps another poem?

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Tomás Ó Cárthaigh

Fri 18th Aug 2017 00:06

The Day My Dad Went Mad... a powerful verse... hard dealing with people when they are ill...

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patricia Hughes

Sat 22nd Jul 2017 12:45

Thank you AM Cash,its a very personal poem,probably my best to date.

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AM Cash

Sat 22nd Jul 2017 11:44

Moved my the profile poem, strong is its painting of a haunted visual image that cuts through your mind. AMC

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Ian Whiteley

Sat 15th Jul 2017 13:35

thanks for commenting on Lost & Found Patricia - sorry it's taken me a while to get back to you - I haven't been on the site for a while for various reasons. I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

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patricia Hughes

Mon 26th Jun 2017 12:53

Thank you Cynthia.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Tue 20th Jun 2017 11:33

Strong subjects, strong ideas and strong writing talent. What a creative combination!

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