As a Psychiatric Nurse I found

my job was not to Cure or Care

but to Contain,

Manage, Control & of course Restrain,

with the tongue-numb drugs

and electrodes strapped

and zapped to the twitching brain,

use Science to beat down bad behaviour

& punish patients for being Insane.


Today they don’t call it Punishment,

that doesn’t sound at all Humane!

Experts speak in language therapeutic,

use terms like “Aversion Therapy”

or something in that strain..


Gone the bad old brutal days of boots and clubs

today we can reduce their brain down to a stub

with surgical precision,

insert electrodes into the incision,

hack, jack & piggy-back the neural network

to operate by remote control

the perfect model citizen.

No need now for anxiety

no need to hyper-ventilate

soon all of your decisions

will be made by the Welfare State.




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.

He also ran.



~ by reverendhellfire on June 25, 2017.

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