Creative genius may also be mad?!

A recent study has shown that creative people are more likely to have mental health problems. I’m paraphrasing.

Of course the study may and I emphasize may, have been conducted by a load of normal (aka boring) people.

Those lacking imagination find it hard to relate to those who do. I’m speculating.

About 45 years ago my English teacher declared, there is a fine line between genius and madness.

She may have talking about Shakespeare or me but only one of us was in the room at the time.

I like to look back at my 14 yr old self, from time to time, with the aid of essays and poems.

Cheers 😉


I recently found this. On yellowing paper, with the usual signs of more haste, less speed, (lots of crossings out)

I fear my English teacher may have been right.

Please feel free to comment. Although forget ordering the white van…I’m out 😉


1 The stuffed parrot int he cage said, “Hello!”

2 And the mouse chased the cat and ate it.

3 The baby in the pram stood up and began to sing.

4 The car came out of the garage, climbed the stairs and got into bed.

5 The cactus in the hall began to cry, “Water!”

6 All the cigarettes in the country died of cancer

7 A heard of cows rounded up some farmers and put them in a slaughterhouse.

8 The goldfish sat on the sideboard and watched the children swim round.

9 A little boy was splattered against a wall by a moth.

10 And the Prime Minister, tuned in on all electric cookers, declared a national holiday.


I suppose these days, these comments would come under the heading of ‘ No one ever said’.

What do you think?

Btw: It was certainly coke, not red wine.

One Response to “Creative genius may also be mad?!”

  1. JaneneReichertMurphy

    Ha ha! Love them, Helen. Thank goodness we all look at life different ways!


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