Academic journal article Antipodes

Restraint, ... or a Lover's Appeal for Sophrosyne

Academic journal article Antipodes

Restraint, ... or a Lover's Appeal for Sophrosyne

Article excerpt

a kind of beautiful order and a mastery of certain pleasures and appetites.

-Plato, Republic

Even in your absence May is my favorite month?

Today, leaves are dropping, blood orange on the cement slab,

which had to be cut last week because of a leaking gas pipe.

My brother went in to hospital yesterday evening.

He was scheduled under Section 22.

He wears a suit and he sleeps in a cubicle.

The air is stale; smart phones and plastic bags are not allowed.

I reported the assault about a month ago because of his hostility.

Thought it was safer.

I almost ran into the police station, one drizzly evening.

Alone. Could not breathe all night. Wanted to write to you

-but didn't. Felt terrible for him-and for

us-as there's no telling if psychosis can be cured.

Sometimes I think I made a mistake disclosing the incident.

They said it was the right thing, owing to failures

of the Mental Health Act to assimilate those in community. …

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