Matter over Mind

Mind over matter
Is easy to say,
But what if your mind
Doesn’t feel the same way?
What if your mind
Is all crooked and bent,
And knocked out of shape,
And exhausted and spent.
What if your mind conspires
Darkly with you,
To ensure that you don’t
Enjoy things that you do,
And to make them feel hard,
And to show you a way,
To make sure that tomorrow
Is not a new day.
For some of us life is more
Matter over mind,
Because our dark thoughts
Leave our outlook quite blind.

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21 Responses to Matter over Mind

  1. jfb57 says:

    You have described so many minds here I think & reading about them in this rhyming style actually makes it feel clearer & not so dark.

    You are an exceptional writer Pooky & once you start your own poetry corner I know I would love some hints & tips on how best to tap into our creative bits & bobs. Any chance?

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    • PookyH says:

      Thank You Julia – it’s funny, the poems that most seem to resonate with people are almost always those written on a rush hour train. Maybe I need to take a job back up in London permanently and I’ll be able to pen a best seller in daily installments πŸ˜‰

      I’m not sure about exceptional, I just plod on, but I do really enjoy it, more and more so in fact as I feel freeer to just write whatever I like, worrying more about how much I enjoy the process rather than writing for an audience.

      I will certainly try with the hints and tips. I’m not sure I know the answer but then that’s what guest contributors are for and I’m sure once it’s up and running we’ll have one or two of those! I can’t wait to get started πŸ™‚

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    • PookyH says:

      Hit reply to soon… was meant to add – and I’m so excited that you’ll be joining for the ride! x

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  2. OnTheWay... says:

    This could be a description of my own mind. It’s beautifully written as always x

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    • PookyH says:

      Thank you – I’m sorry you can identify with this – at these moments I feel so conflicted, glad when what I’ve said makes sense and represents more than just my own feelings, but sad on behalf of anyone who can identify. Does that make sense?

      How are you today? I’ve been thinking of you a lot x

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      • OnTheWay... says:

        Makes total sense, have thought the same when others have identified with things I have written.

        Incredibly busy week, new youth project starting next week that needed programmes rewriting and duplicating for every practitioner etc. Inside my own head not so good but nothing new, just have to get on with it.

        How are you? x

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      • PookyH says:

        Is being busy helpful?

        Sounds like you’ve been given a lot of responsibility which is, no doubt, a reflection of how good you are at what you do. x

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      • OnTheWay... says:

        Or that my boss has been away on annual leave and someone had to do it!
        Busy is the only way I survive. So far I’ve managed to balance on the edge of meltdown but just have to keep going. x

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      • PookyH says:

        good luck – and I don’t think for a moment you’d be tasked with that kind of work if you were anything less than fabulous at it. x

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  3. C.J. Black says:

    Have just twittered.

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  4. wbdeejay says:

    Ahhh Pooky, you’ve touched on something very deep here and I’ve connected with it considerably. That is just how it feels so often, as sad as it is to acknowledge, it is good to be out in the open. I can say no more on the subject, except that you are wonderful πŸ˜€

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  5. Robin says:

    Yes those wretched tapes never seem to wear out! I admire my grand niece Monica and her friend Steve who plan to walk from N. Idaho to the Oregon coast while they are young! They are both artists and are starting their young lives determined to do what they love to do. Such courage, such boundless energy! I just hope they remember to take some extra shoes along and a big bag of epsom salts!

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  6. “mind over matter” is far to glibly stated in my opinion. I have experienced matter over mind and people who have been the glib ones simply just don’t understand, but then if they don’t know it then how can they be expected to understand? Another good subject Pooky. Xx

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  7. “too” – Sorry! I am a member of the grammar and spelling police and cant even be bothered to check my own!! πŸ˜„ xx

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