Things that could deliver

IMG_20190325_100332I’m not planning on taking a shower

though it would make me feel better

I don’t think I’ll comb my hair

though it could make me feel better

I might not brush my teeth

though it might make me feel better

I don’t want to go out of the house

though it will make me feel better

I don’t want to see friends

though it can make me feel better

I don’t want to exercise

but it shall make me feel better

Mental health note

a depressed brain

doesn’t want to

anyhow

so don’t

wait

for the

want

just

do

and be gentle

So

today

I’ll visit

a friend who

is healthy to be around

I’ll go there on my bike

and buy fresh bread to enjoy

So

my hair

is combed

and i pledge to you

I will brush my teeth (soon)

 

I repeat

a depressed brain

doesn’t want to

anyhow

so don’t

wait

for the

want

just

do

and be gentle

This poem may grow over time, if I find new important things to add to it. Feel free to contribute to it, build on it, make it your own. Yesterday I read poetry shouldn’t be therapy. That’s great advice to create good poetry. But today, I want to reverse it. I don’t need to write a great poem. I need inspiration to get healthy behaviour done instead of postponed. As procrastination coach, I work from the motto ‘by any (healthy) means necessary. If a poem does the job, let the job get done.

If you decide to build on it, please leave a link. I’d love to read it!

By the way, the prompt for NaPoWriMo day 10 was a very different one, on using local weather vocabulary. Instead I aimed for ways to improve my personal weather. I didn’t want to add another rainy poem to the gloomy ones I’ve written already… This poem is building on yesterdays one, called Things that fail to deliver.

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13 thoughts on “Things that could deliver

    1. Angela van Son Post author

      Thanks! And I did brush my teeth 🙂 And decided I’ll walk to my friend instead of cycle. I’ll be really tired, but it’ll have more effect.

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  1. Angela van Son Post author

    A reality check version, because some days ‘better’ is just way out of reach:

    Things that could deliver

    I’m not planning on taking a shower
    though it would make me feel less worse
    I don’t think I’ll comb my hair
    though it could make me feel less worse
    I might not brush my teeth
    though it might make me feel less worse

    I don’t want to go out of the house
    though it will make me feel less worse

    I don’t want to see friends
    though it can make me feel less worse

    I don’t want to exercise
    but it shall make me feel less worse

    Mental health note
    a depressed brain
    doesn’t want to
    anyhow
    so don’t
    wait
    for the
    want
    just
    do

    and be gentle

    So
    today
    I’ll visit
    a friend who
    is healthy to be around
    I’ll go there on my bike
    and buy fresh bread to enjoy

    So
    my hair
    is combed
    and i pledge to you
    I will brush my teeth (soon)

    I repeat
    a depressed brain
    doesn’t want to
    anyhow
    so don’t
    wait
    for the
    want
    just
    do

    and be gentle

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  2. Dawn D

    This reminds me of these poems I wrote at the very beginning I started to write poetry.

    And WHO said that poetry shouldn’t be therapy? Poetry should make you feel, so… of course it is therapy!
    I LOVE this poem. And it speaks to me in so many ways. I love the way you spread it on the page too, like a call and answer.

    I don’t want to clean the house
    though it would make me feel better
    I don’t want to read
    Though it would make me feel better
    I don’t want to paint,
    Though it would make me feel better
    I don’t want to work
    Though it would make me feel better
    Or less worse, really,
    it’s a demanding job.

    Lots of love. LOTS OF LOVE!

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  3. memadtwo

    I like the patchwork illustration to the words. Indeed, one step at a time is a victory, one patch on the quilt of life. It doesn’t need to be perfect or symmetrical. (K)

    Reply
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