October 1988


on the edge of sanity

reason having fled

control being taken

this body is falling away

on a berserker course to ruin

warning signs ignored

precipice just ahead

beyond which lies


a once exuberant life

now to be

a tangled mass of ruin

so very soon


to sleep

oh! to sleep just one night

the trusting sleep of childhood

one night alone

to shake this devil from my back

that screams forever

“Drive on!



Have no peace!”

and regain once more

the ability to live


On the Edge of Sanity
A poem by Peter Rhebergen

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