The Hopeville Hilton Hospital - ity

Doggerel Dave

Notice of absence from Doggerel Dave
Not absent - still here!
Keep Calm and Carry On Poeming. 😂


As a naked Moses parts the red sea

Lines of traffic divide and let him be.

Rescue at hand – blue a soothing colour;

Off to the Hopeville, not home to mother.


That old bloke who pioneered space travel

With help from four black cats was quite novel

But would not matter; though as hygiene slid

Out of control and neighbors moan, it did…


Citizen Bob just minds his own business

But the gent upstairs causes much distress:

Interferes with Bob’s peace – will suddenly

Control his TV telepathically.


Men in blue who turn up at his behest

Cannot accede to Bob’s simple request – 

Instead they must courteously escort

Into Hopeville’s tender arms to sort.


Hopeville’s bar dispensed cocktails also mixed

With coloured allsorts to a schedule fixed

In the hope Moses (and perhaps the rest)

Would get to return home, a discharged guest.


Sometimes this worked and sometimes it didn’t –

Many neighbours couldn’t display a hint

Of compassion towards their behavior,

Ignored them though of quiet demeanour.

  • Author: Doggerel Dave (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: April 17th, 2021 01:57
  • Comment from author about the poem: This is a plea for more understanding and compassion for mentally ill people who suffer from a deeply psychotic disorder. The incidence of violence among this group is extremely low despite the media’s focus on very rare events.
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  • Goldfinch60

    Very powerful write Dave.
    The problem with the news is that we always here the 1% bad side of events not the 99% good side - the good does not make the news.


  • Doggerel Dave

    Thanks Andy - that's a relief, and I'm very grateful...
    Can be a controversial subject.

  • Neville

    Your poem accurately reflects the oft but almost always negatively tainted and heavily weighted prejudiced and ill informed assumptions made about people displaying signs of severe mental illness .. In reality, your authors note is spot on .. particularly the last sentence ..

    I used to travel up and down the UK facilitating workshops that were specifically designed with the intention of trying to address this imbalance ..

    Bravo DD


    • Doggerel Dave

      I value your comment Neville, more than I can adequately express here.
      Many many thanks.

    • sorenbarrett

      I once had a patient that said God was talking to her through her TV it came about she had been watching too many TV evangelical shows and one took on the form of God. Although there is humor and sometimes irritation in such people they are people none the less and deserve the same respect. Loved the write.

      • Doggerel Dave

        Thanks for that Soren. Agreed with both the humour and the irritation. Sometimes it was necessary to remind myself that none of those patients (long term psychotics) would be that way if they had any choice.

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