THE BRAIN MONSTER

This is a gruesome tale about the dreaded brain monster.
The brain monster rides piggyback in the recesses of a few chosen brains.
It is unclear in most cases how he makes his selection, but the result is
always the same. The brain monster is comparable to the worst nightmare
of a sleeping child. His size is a little unclear, but he seems massive.
His shape is a little hazy, but over-whelming is the word that comes to
mind. His face, though never very clearly seen by anyone, is most often
described as cruel and wearing a smirk across his greedy lips. The brain
monster is likened to a shadow because he goes with his chosen everywhere
they go. He is present when they lay down to go to sleep, and he is still
present at the break of day. He attends all social functions of those he
has inhabited and also attends their quiet, peaceful moments of solitude.
He is ever-present and his existence can never be totally ignored.
The brain monster is very, very, sensitive. He does not like bright
lights, and he does not care for much confusion and noise. He rebels
occasionally to high fevers and to some types of virus. He is sensitive
to climate changes, and rebels if he is not fed and rested sufficiently.
He deplores stress, and will predictably rear his ugly head if subjected.
Once the brain monster comes to live within a brain, he is stubborn, he
resists strongly all attempts at evacuation. Some call him a symptom,
some call him a curse. Some call him the brain monster.
The main treatment for the brain monster is to keep him sleeping.
While he is lying dormant and undisturbed he is much less likely to cause
pain and suffering to his inhabited. It is said that he is to be tip-toed
around, cautiously, respectfully, suspiciously. It is sometimes very
difficult to find a medicine that will keep him under control. When he
is out of control there are no words quite descriptive enough… and no
analogy that can exemplify the powerful range of emotions he evokes in
his inhabited.
It is said that the brain monster can be felt stretching and yawning
as he starts to awaken. As the brain monster starts to stir, the brain
sends signals of warning to the rest of the body. The warning may be felt
as the stirring of fear, or may be felt as just a slight tingling, or
numbness on one side of the body. The warning may be a drop in level of
consciousness, or just a brief staring spell. Whatever the warning…
take care… and heed, because it means the brain monster is no longer
asleep. Some call this warning an aura, others call it the equivalent to
a sleeping child’s nightmare. For many it means they will come face to
face with the brain monster yet once again.
This monster sometimes becomes all to familiar because he wakes up
time and time again. His destruction is felt by far too many. He attacks
little precious children, he causes parents many a torturous sleep-less
night. He is responsible for immeasurable loss of independence. He has
taken many a driver’s license away. The brain monster has caused many
qualified workers loss of meaningful employment, loss of confidence,
loss..loss..loss. Beware of the brain monster he does not discriminate.
He can waltz in unexpected without warning and without cause anytime and
inhabit anyone.

by: Debbie M. Wilson
4-23-96

Read more of Debbie M. Wilson’s poetry at Debbie’s Place

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