Franz Wright, “Pediatric Suicide”
Being unloved is not a psychiatric disorder.
I can’t find being born in the diagnostic manual.
I can’t find being born to a mother incapable of touching you.
I can’t find being born on the shock treatment table.
Being offered affection unqualified safety and respect when
and only when you score dope for your father is
not a diagnosis.
Putting your head down and crying your way through elementary
school is not a mental illness...