Poemdog

Dogs 2018

MENTAL MUTATIONS
(11/19/18)


sometimes
a thought
comes along
that totally disrupts
an individual's
thinking process

a thought
that leads
to hundreds

thousands
more

all based
upon this new mode
of understanding

their brains
become overrun
with new
multihued
growth

their lives
can never
be the same

their altered
viewpoint
changes the way
that they
live

the way
that they
see
the world

the way
that the world
sees them

many things
that society
deems as important
no longer register
to a mind upon
a different
path

geniuses

sociopaths

are only
differentiated
by the social
value
of their actions

many
become inactive
rather than
to resist
the system

withdrawing
completely

no longer
seeing the point
of participating

a refusal
to participate
is often seen
as insanity
by civilized
structures

if discovered
these hermits
expose themselves
to the judgments
of community minded
citizens

who will
give them
a place
to belong

in jails

in institutions

where
they may
actually meet
some
of their
own kind

then later

much later
if rehabilitated

if cured

they may
be released

to walk
again
among us

looking
fairly much
the same
as the rest
of the crowd

albeit
with a disturbing
glow
to their eyes

always knowing
that a different reality
awaits them
in the shadows