The Things You Owe To Yourself

Everything was unfortunate
About midway through the day
The hope you had earlier
Didn’t have the wherewithal to stay
Whether by genetics and chemistry
Or too many drinks the night before
Your staring straight ahead
Trying to corral your thoughts once more

Your mind jumps from one thing to another
Anger, then guilt, then loss
Then hunger, then thirst, then nothing
Then your past actions and their costs
You dwell on it for a while
What you did to harm others
Words you could have said different
At a significant point or time
What you did to harm you
Were you ignorant to your potential?
Were those chances your prime?

Yet . . .

Your considerations are not the now
They are not even the past
They are a recreation
That will drift by and not last

It is difficult to see this
As the memory fragments
Circle your mind
The brain is fastidious in its efforts
To create boundaries and bind

The things you owe to yourself
Are both significant and unclear
They are not gained by rumination
They do not grow closer with fear

There is value in a quiet moment
With eyes facing toward the now
Today might not represent your soul’s meaning
But it might just lead to the creation of the how

Gene G. McLaughlin 2020

Invaders

Worst thoughts of my mind

Suddenly arrive uninvited

Attempts to ignore only tightly loop and bind

Slowly making it harder to fight it

In the end I find

I must acknowledge it not losing sight

That which comes unbidden

Cannot be ignored away

Attempts to keep it hidden

Invite a longer stay

When the mind is twisted and ridden

Your rituals have no sway

Speak of it

Do not run

They fade away

When faced with light and sun

Gene G. McLaughlin 2016

For those whose minds get away from them sometimes.