inside looking out -2-


from outside

looking in…

identity uncertain.

human or animal?

male or female?

demon or dream?

one thing is for sure

he, she, it wants out,


pawing, scratching

at the captivating glass,

desperate for fields

and open sky,

struggling to break

free and through

the cerebral cube,

to escape and run

on four legs or two

carried by clean winds

and swept by rain

as far as possible,

as quickly as possible

from the inside

looking out.


/poem and art by clinock / art: sculpted and painted clay heads in windowed box / each head approx. 3 inches high /

box 1-2

This series is based on the shared stories and personal experiences of people I work with in an art studio attached to a mental health facility. I express what I have heard as both fact and creative metaphor.

12 thoughts on “inside looking out -2-

  1. Hi John, your poetry and artwork always have a way of taking me far away into the wonderful world of your imaginary, and this one did too. Love it! 🙂


    1. Thank you Marina but don’t hold your breath – these are not so much personal as reflections of experiences of some people I work with in an art studio attached to a mental health facility – their circles are not so easily completed…


  2. Your observations are so deep, look beyond the initial fear of those locked away, even if they are only locked away in their own minds.


    1. Thanks for your comments Nancy and also for all of your looking and likes of many of my recent posts. I have been quite distracted and have fallen far behind in visiting you and others of my blogging community – will get there soon…cheers, J.


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