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Don’t Look at Me the Madman Said


“Don’t look at Me!”, the Madman said,

one hand clutching my throat,

pinning me against the wall,

the other a clenched fist,

hovering in menace,

poised to strike.

“Don’t look at me!”, he screamed again,

lips flecked with foam,

“Don’t look at me or I’ll punch yer in the face!

I’ll smash yer in the face!!”


But I kept looking anyway,

I wasn’t being brave, I just couldn’t look away,

couldn’t stop staring

with Horror and Contempt and strangely even Pity,

because I knew then

that deep inside that damaged brain

somewhere a small shred of sanity

could still feel a scrap of shame,

at the raving beast that he became.

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The Reverend Hellfire is a practised Performance Poet,

President of the Kurilpa Institute of Creativity Inc.,

and an ordained Minister of the Church of Spiritual Humanism

AND the Church of the Universe.

“Those whom the Gods would destroy they first drive mad.”



~ by reverendhellfire on June 5, 2016.


  1. Mental illness is not a shame.
    Maybe a regret of what he became.

    • The behaviour was shameful. Part of the illness is an inability (or refusal) to accept responsibility for their own actions, instead it becomes everybody elses’fault. Sickness of an angry soul..

  2. Response to ‘Don’t look at me the madman said’

    It was the caves of souls,a flash did burst
    Unfinished business would quench their thirst
    Sulphuric lava had been held within
    It was another that had caused this sin

    From deep inside the trauma flow
    A tectonic scream from ages ago
    Thunder lightning howling and woe
    Damage done winter snow

    Mountains and streams will join again
    As the healing moon rises and shines my friend
    Around and around the sun we go
    And within our minds are the ‘unknown knowns’

    It’s never never, about-a-walk away
    But new dances and singing until the blaze fades

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