IN THE COUNTRY OF OTHERS – Robert G. Wertzler

Feeling like a stranger

A stranger in a strange land

My native country

As I observe the news

Can seem a country of others

Is it a madness?

When I speak my truth

Do they say I don’t belong?

Would they have me gone?

And I wonder at times

Will the time come

I will agree

And find myself in a country

No longer mine

Might I feel more at home

In a country of some different others?

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Bob Wertzler is retired from almost twenty years in the mental health field in California and Arizona. There are times the title, “Recovering Therapist”, seems to fit. In 2006 he retired to move to Western North Carolina to help and become primary care giver for his father who had developed Dementia. Before all that, there was work at various times as a soldier (US Army 1967-70), community organizer, cab driver, welfare case worker, wooden toy maker, carpenter, warehouse worker, and other things. He relates to a line in a Grateful Dead song, “What a long, strange trip its been.”

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