The last day of national poetry month and the challenge was to ‘write a palinode – a poem in which you retract a view or sentiment expressed in an earlier poem.’ I did revisit my poems but decided to go off prompt and arrived at this:
How to Overcome Madness
We plant seeds in the ground
and dreams in the sky.
We hope our desires will balloon
into clouds to carry us way
above our wounded world.
We sprinkle love to grow
roots deep in the soil,
but we are on shaky shale.
The world spins out of control,
minds spiral into confusion.
The earth beneath us heaves,
boundaries shift, fencing
us inside our petty lives.
We smile at the sky praying
our dreams will blossom.
We focus attention, breathe
place hands on hearts, search
for strength, humility, kindness.
We realise we can let go and love
ourselves as human beings not doings.
When we discover we can escape
the confines of humanity, leaving
behind insanity, freedom is ours.
We are the blue sky wonderland
where our dreams become reality.