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  • Arthur Durey

Hanging Around

Updated: May 13, 2022

Under the tongue

the pills

in disguise

will end up

flushed away

in the sewers

at each

and every meal.

The hearts

bleeding open,

the numb faces,

this woman's tale.

A philosophy teacher

and her son.

He was beaten to death

before her very eyes.

40 years in asylum.

40 years of misunderstanding.

40 years in a hell realm,

that seems more like an eternity.

A bunch of misfits,

wounded children

in a big box

with steel bars.




and infantilizations

by frustrated caretakers.

Lacking time

and means

to mind them properly.

Hurt souls thinking they know better

than the treated.

Maybe their fate

is worse even.

Have you ever tried to free

a domesticated bird?

He'll come back to the cage,

not knowing anything else.

I remember this beautiful young man,

neck and wrists signed

by uncountable blade scars,

offering me a blowjob.

Nothing to lose.

May he be free from suffering.

No gold there,

and a cigarette is a luxury.

An excellent social tool for

hanging out on the meshed balcony

full of feathers and pigeon shit.

I start to draw

with a young black guy

thirty years old,

but like a child.

His name was Mooji,

my savior

in this grey

and boring place,

where society

hides its dysfunctions grossly.

Round n’ round

TV, games, crafts...

Some are here

because it's still warmer

than a rainy night in winter.

My roommate

is scared to hurt himself,

so he came here willingly.

The meds knock him out.

An artificial paradise.

He tells me

twice already

that he had saved

his grandpa

from blowing his face up.

The third time

The gunshot shot

and the brain



Arthur is inspired by travels and encounters with people and their stories from various cultures. His background is a never-ending slow cooking process, containing language and South Asian cultural studies as well human sciences (anthropology, sociology, and mind related sciences).

He is interested in Eastern contemplative practices and modern shamanistic knowledge. His intentions are to learn and share what improves daily life as much for himself as for others through art, connection, and simply being.

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