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18th October 2020

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My thanks and apologies to Messrs. Lewis Carroll and Geoffrey Chaucer.


I: The Milliner's Tale

II: The Watchmaker's Tale

III: The Hairdresser's Tale

IV: The Chef's Tale


VI: The Preacher's Tale



Morning The doctor called the next man in And offered him a chair Observing him in silence As he wrestled with despair. A minute passed before they spoke And when he raised his head With tearful eyes he whispered that He wished that he were dead. "Those tides wave back and beckon me When I walk along the sand. I gave up life at sea and now I’m all at sea on land. I used to be a real man And was never mocked before. I hide each day inside my shell. With no purpose anymore. Rules of logic don’t exist In the world I live in now. I really want to help myself But sadly don’t know how. I planned to study back at school But admit I didn’t go. Schools of whales and schools of fish Are the only schools I know." The doctor was the best in town And knew her patient well. She agreed to medication And support throughout his hell. She also gazed towards the stars To muster up some hope And helped him try to help himself In ways that he might cope. Noon The man returned to clinic Sounding cheerful as he said: “Doctor I’m so happy That you’ve helped me clear my head! Your input worked! I’m feeling great! I'm off to sea tonight!” The doctor sat back in her chair As things did not feel right.. Night He watched the lobsters from the sea Dance on the croquet green Then came around in hospital From a dark, surreal dream. Later That Night Half-awake and half asleep With the doctor near his side He learnt he’d tried to end it all And very nearly died. "A nurse agreed to follow you And then pulled you from the sea. He was acting on instructions From a plan set down by me. Your cheeriness was rooted In your plans to take your life; I sensed this during clinic As your doctor - and ex-wife."
WONDERLAND Wonderland: Prologue Wonderland I: The Milliner's Tale Wonderland II: The Watchmaker's Tale Wonderland III: The Hairdresser's Tale Wonderland IV: The Chef's Tale Wonderland V: The Sailor's Tale Wonderland VI: The Preacher's Tale Wonderland: Conclusion Brian Strand's Completely Your Choice (29) Poetry Contest: 1st=

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Date: 12/19/2020 3:30:00 AM
Well, I hope not based on your life(because of the suicide attempt) but on someone you knew maybe. Anyway I like the humor(somewhat humor) in the end. Very creative and compelling work. Sara
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Gary Radice
Date: 12/19/2020 4:56:00 AM
Thanks Sara once more for your valued comments. I really do appreciate them.. The suicide ideation isn't based on my life but, sadly, based on several people from my nursing days. I have been in a position(s) where patients have been on the edge of suicide but thankfully didn't carry things through due to teamwork. Cheers - Gary
Date: 11/20/2020 2:53:00 PM
An absolutely brilliant write, Gary captured my interest from the start... Belle
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Gary Radice
Date: 11/22/2020 1:30:00 PM
Thanks Belle! I really appreciate all your comments on the series. Cheers - Gary
Date: 11/10/2020 2:39:00 PM
Gary Radice " Davey Jones " Instant Favorite 10 out of 7 Different Class 1st is an injustice The Only 1 He wished that he we're dead Planned to study But school of whales and fish Were the only school he knew
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Christopher Flaherty
Date: 11/12/2020 3:32:00 PM
My absolute pleasure and yes i did. That is hard and very complicated mash up you are obviously well read Gary
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Gary Radice
Date: 11/11/2020 3:12:00 AM
Hi Christopher! Thanks so much for your comments. I attempted to mash up The Mock Turtle (Alice) with a smidgen of The Physician (Canterbury Tales) whilst tackling the serious subject of depression. Really glad you enjoyed it. Cheers - Gary
Date: 10/25/2020 6:36:00 AM
Your Wonderland poems are brilliant Gary. I've enjoyed reading the lot! :) Linda
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Date: 10/25/2020 9:43:00 AM
I'd like to thank you and salute your powers of endurance reading the lot Linda :) I appreciate it very much. It makes this hobby of writing poetry all the more worthwhile. Cheers - Gary
Date: 10/20/2020 8:31:00 PM
Depression did not stop with the cure. Thank goodness the doctor sent the nurse to watch him. Enjoyed the story. Hugs Eve
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Date: 10/21/2020 12:47:00 AM
Thanks Eve - I truly appreciate your comments. You're right - depression didnt stop with the quick attempt to cure. There's no quick cure. There were a couple of instances in my nursing career whereby a patient suddenly became overtly happy after being deeply sad just a short time before. It transpired that they had become happy as they had decided to end it all. The medication (which can take weeks to work) complimented by talking therapies is the best way forward in my opinion. I'm just reading back what I've written here and hope that I don't sound like I'm lecturing to anyone - it's not meant to sound like that at all :) I'm just happy to increase awareness. Cheers - Gary
Date: 10/20/2020 8:59:00 AM
I have witnessed the inertia of depression rob people of the vitality of life - they seem to drown every day. Your flowing, lyrical lines tell this story so well, Gary and alert all of us to the signs of depression. Congratulations. Well done.
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Gary Radice
Date: 10/20/2020 3:33:00 PM
2) I forgot to add Sam, that the idea for the poem was primarily to base the sailor (very loosely) on The Mock Turtle from 'Alice in Wonderland' without making light of the theme of depression.
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Date: 10/20/2020 9:50:00 AM
1) Thank you for your valued comments Sam. I'm happy if this poem helps educate. You are so right about 'drowning' every day without the right help. Depression involves loss. Loss of role. Loss of relationship etc. There is great help out there but not all people can or do access it. I would like to see more education around the subject of mental illness in schools particularly. Thanks again.
Date: 10/18/2020 3:06:00 PM
This is great I enjoyed the rhymes and the flow and the end is superb .
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Date: 10/18/2020 3:18:00 PM
Hi Julius! Thank you for stopping by and reading. It probably still needs a little work round the edges but I achieved what I set out to write, so I'm grateful for the thumbs up. Cheers - Gary