meandering journey

Psychiatry 4: Acute Observations – Poem 61


this one’s a story
about traveling
and never really knowing
where
until arrival

only to find
that it’s time again
to keep moving on
in a restless way
that’s littered with small
shining gems of meaning
waiting to be stumbled upon
if your eyes
stay fixed
firmly on the ground

pick a day

pick any shining day
you like
you might choose the one
we just had
why not
it was bright
and the sun rose

there was a woman in my hands this morning
I had to tell her
that she was welcome here
but that there really wasn’t much
I could do

her ills and ails
were beyond my reach and ken
but I would do all that I knew how

she smiled

it took away her pain
for the moment that we shared
and my incompetence
was a thing we could both laugh about

the light of truth
was more palatable
than the darkness
of yesterday

sometimes I think
the only thing there is
that keeps us hanging on
and clinging to the shining thread
is the laughter
that emerges from the night
when we speak honestly

I’m sorry
I’ve meandered
but this is still a traveling poem
and I am moving to another place

today it’s true
I stopped awhile
but it was temporary


© Frank Prem, 2016

Next – Psychiatry 5: Hostel Life -Introduction


This is the final poem in the Psychiatry 4: Acute Observations section.

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7 thoughts on “meandering journey

  1. This is a really fitting conclusion to this series …. a traveling poem – and as such, it continues and lingers, and then moves along. Very interesting images and metaphors too. And the second stanza was particularly gripping for me – the lines about time moving forward – restless way, stumbling upon shining gems littering the ground etc. really really gripping. And the story continues.

    Really insightful series Frank 🙂 I’m so glad that you shared it here. Very insightful and well transcribed – difficult subject and yet you handled it with sensitivity and even humour, when it was such.

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