What is sanity

Sanity and insanity

Two sides of the same coin

Yet when split and compared

Can you, the man so full of existing dreams, tell the difference.


What is sanity.


Is it the mind twisted with perception and disgust,

The growing minority with the blade and will,

Yet when the metal greets skin

And parts for embrace

The red wine flows

But nothing is numbed.


What is sanity.


Is it the surgical steel in empty veins

Is it the yellow stains on a youth's fingers,

Injecting not the will to live,

But the will to continue

Because in the help proof case of a shattered mind

Pleading cannot be heard.


What is sanity.


For in the seething production of life,

Minds are altered on the factory floor,

To accept the logic and reason,

But yet it is not the geniuses that see the flaws In life

But see the escapes

For life is a burden beyond blessing.


What is sanity.


For the line between sanity and insanity is a thread so thin,

That the smallest of words can snap.


The thread unravels, to the extent of repair beyond those of skilled hands

For when the mind is blackening with the destructive dreams

You are forced to turn in, and stare into that void of endless potential

And realise man made harmony is sickening

Be it lovers forgotten between the sheets

Be it between the four walls of ink and paper

The endless documentation of a falling race.


For sanity precedes happiness but is the harbinger of pain

And as you stare into the void a ghastly voice, unrecognised by you, utters the cold whispers

The whispers do not leave for they are the thoughts of all, yet few stop to comprehend

Staring into the void

The realisation destroys the perception and intelligence

It destroys the harmony, the happiness, and only brings pain

For as the void echoes back,

You look deep enough into the eyes of the living.


• By Tyler Baker, Year 12, John McGlashan College



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