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Title: The Metaphorical Disease - A sonnet on mental illness second draft.
Author: Anonymous
Date Submitted: 9/5/2011

Poem: What wholesome root that twists and seeks the light
That offers truth as something drear and black?
This human glare of rational insight,
Heaps medicís faith upon innocentís backs.
Puerile drugs, camphor derived, induced fits;
Horseblood needles, malarial airing
When conscience allows what science commits
What comfort offered to the most despairing?
But Revelation is no fixed crystal
Far more a sanctum of organic growth
The seed through which the green vigour is distilled
Gives peace beyond the meaning of an oath:
When all truth is shadow except the last
To seek fast refuge, then forgive the past....