Head sense

photoart & poem – 2018 ~ Laura Granby

 

“The world that used to nurse us
now keeps shouting insane instructions.
That’s why I ran to the woods.”
~ Jim Harrison from Songs of Unreason

There was always that false sense
of security – the kind where at any moment
the nurse will drop you on your head
knocking sense they called it
and in order to remain right way up
I took on the sensibility of common sense
honed it to such a degree that I’d scoff at
fools who suffered gladly

Only later did I see how worldly-wise
their hard-headed methodology, how fit for roles
the ease at which they slipped into scripts
ready-made robes of office – I tried them on
but people called after me in the street: charlatan
and showed me the door – heavy, unmarked doors
with a baby head knocker of Indian rubber
weaned here on sheep cheese and dumdum pills
and if ever I bawled for a heavenly father
they’d tuck me up nicely with the warmest of currents

And when the exit doors did lumber open
I headed straight for the woods and raised trees
instead of people

A somewhat wry response as I’m joining Jilly and her pick of  Jim Harrison quotes as poetry prompts for Day 22 of 28 Days of Unreason

18 comments

  1. kaykuala

    And when the exit doors did lumber open
    I headed straight for the woods and raised trees
    instead of people

    It is good to offer time to reflect for a while and come back prepared and confident to tackle the issues. Such issues may start small but later get complicated if not acted upon!

    Hank

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  2. I may not completely understand what you wrote for today, but I am encouraged to think you at least avoided taking this straight to political. If it is political, maybe I’m missing it in hopes of reading something overtly poetic.

    (Sorry, but all the sniping amongst the artists has left me quite testy)

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