Inside the Mind of Isadora

Friday Fictioneers – Psych Ward


It was challenging to walk in shackles. My hands ache from the cuffs.

How would I manage if I fell?

They don’t care. 

He was just a homeless bum sleeping on a sidewalk.

It doesn’t matter to anyone that someone is killing the sleeping homeless.

How would I know if the guy searching through my stuff was the killer?

Now, I walk in shackles because I defended my bare essentials.

Now, I’m a violently insane man on my way to the psych ward.

My view from the window is the iron gate with fancy scrollwork. 

The metalsmith was an artist.

2022©Isadora DeLaVega



Genre: True Crime

Word Count: 100

Photo Prompt:©BrendaCox

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********** In the News: Recently, a man in New York City was shooting the homeless while they slept. He has been arrested. This story is based on those crimes. 

Author: Inside the Mind of Isadora

Intriguing, sensitive, mysterious, loving, artistic and crackling with excitement for life is a pretty good description of who I am. I just retired from the world of art where I sold my Artfully Designed Handmade Jewelry for 28 years; although, art will always be a part of who I am no matter what venue I choose to express it in.

29 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – Psych Ward

  1. My heart is for the homeless, for whatever reason they are there


  2. A very tragic situation.


  3. he definitely needs help. hopefully, he gets it this time around.

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    • I suppose he will get it now that he’s in a pschiatric hospital. But, he could alos be a person whose angry due to the loss of employment due to Covid. There were many that lost jobs and wound up homeless. A greatly overlooked aftereffect from it. Thanks, Plaridel. I’m a bit behind but I’ll catch up. 😀

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  4. Querida Isadora.

    Que triste. I’ve been hearing these stories on the news. One has to applaud your MC for defending himself. How quickly the system turned on him. Well written story with many nuances.

    Shalom y abrazos,



    • Querida Rochelle,
      I’ve stopped watching the news. The assaults, crimes, hardships and plain bad news is just overwhelming sometimes. I do read the paper because I can turn the page. Ha Ha
      The realtiy is, we don’t know if this man was a working citizen that lost his job during Covid and wound up on the streets. His anger may be more about the injustices of life rather than of mental illness. I read the article about these killings of the homeless and thought, “What else can they do to people when they are down on the ground and broken?”
      Oh, how about killing them? YIKES!!! Tragic, indeed. Thank you … Purple Princess 💜
      Abrazos y Carino,
      Isadora 😎


  5. A tragic story indeed, Isadora, especially hearing it’s a true one. It’s good to be reminded to be aware of those who suffer in our own communities. Take care!

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  6. A tragic story. I like how you’ve portrayed the randomness of his thoughts – the disconnectedness reflects how he’s losing his grip.

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    • I’m so pleased that his loss of freedom has created a downward spiral. There is so much more of where I can go. Due to our 100 word limit, I was unable to explore and write more on that. I think I’ll do a little more for a short story. I’m pleased you can appreciate this snippet. Have a wonderful Sunday … Isadora 😎

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  7. When I read that this is based on a true story, I cringed. The idea of a madman killing homeless and then a homeless man defends himself and goes to prison? Where is the justice 😦

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  8. Wow. So much said here. Well crafted, Isadora.

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  9. Sadly the innocent are persecuted again .. 😥😎

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  10. There’s comfort in t hat last line

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