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    A small boat on a dark, calm ocean at night.

    James Poulter: Since The Day I First Experienced Psychosis

    A short personal reflection expressed in poetic form, which focuses on the tumultuous effect that mental illness can have on an individual’s life.

    The rain came down and the levee broke

    The straw broke the camel’s back

    Camelot disintegrated into war and enmity

    The first spark of molten lava rose as the earth fissured.


    All I know, all I am, all I pertain to be,

    Is contained within my mind

    Yet my mind dissolved into molecules that floated away on the current

    Far from the safety of shore.


    I camped out in the cave by the sea

    Ancient memories of deep wrongdoing

    I left everything behind, including my clothes

    And walked naked into the pitch black night.


    I travelled so far from my family, my friends, my culture, my past,

    I took all that was pure and holy and innocent

    And drenched it in the mud of earthly sin

    Trampled underfoot and cast to the fire.


    My mind fractured, a boat on the ocean without a sail,

    The demons seized on my weakness

    Filling my consciousness with wild fantasies and impossible dreams

    Torn, broken, delusional, aggressive, in pain.


    The water once polluted cannot return to its original purity

    And yet I am a child of God, a lamb of Jesus, a star in the sky

    Created to return to my original true self

    Only Buddha Law can save me now.




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