MY HOME (ON THE GROUNDS OF)
The Main building, pictured here,
Has been over one hundred years…
The home that treats
With loving heart beats,
Mentally ill folks it clears.
Binghamton Psychiatric Hospital,
In New York State, meant to heal mental…
Illness young or old,
Come in from the cold
And join the program residential!
My Dad was in the Chaplaincy there,
At one time, for a thousand patients he cared…
With a Rabbi and Priest,
Three men at least
To guide the spiritual care.
Our family lived on the grounds,
All professional staff did to be around….
For critical calls
In resident halls,
Near full moons, you should have heard the sound!
The Main Building, built for treatment
(One of the first in the land) of the inebriate…
Last time I knew
Was vacant too,
Cutting maintenance being expedient.
Image of the Main Building is from http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~asylums/binghamton_ny/index.html