100 DoRaM: Day 63 – My freaking mind!

I wanted to share this again because I’m wanting to get back into a headspace when I was a bit more green… innocent.  I have to admit… this world has tainted me a little.  I’m still me, this place has allowed me to be me.  I just feel that, I’ve lost a little of that innocence that makes me the writer I want to be.  I’m just feeling a little nostalgic for the old me.

This was originally posted on July 21, 2017

When I was a little girl, I used to dream a lot. My mind would escape me sometimes. It was a coping mechanism. It was like home, to escape that way. In middle school, I discovered poetry. I fell in love. I think that is the earliest memory I have of taking a serious interest in anything related to literature. There is a favorite poem of mine, all-time favorite. I had to memorize it for my 8th grade English class. Not only that, I had to really perform it for full credit. My English Teacher, Mrs. Hightower (I’ll never forget her) was also the Theatre Arts teacher. I remember having my parents take me to an old book store (now Half Price Books) and I was fascinated to find an old tattered poetry book. I was into all things British at the time and the English prose beckoned me. I think I flipped right to it if my mind serves me correctly. As soon as I read the title, I fell in love. I read it and I couldn’t believe it. I could have authored such thoughts.

My Mind to Me a Kingdom Is
Sir Edward Dyer (d. 1607)

My mind to me a kingdom is;
Such present joys therein I find,
That it excels all other bliss
That earth affords or grows by kind:
Though much I want that most would have,
Yet still my mind forbids to crave.

No princely pomp, no wealthy store,
No force to win the victory,
No wily wit to salve a sore,
No shape to feed a loving eye;
To none of these I yield as thrall;
For why? my mind doth serve for all.

I see how plenty surfeits oft,
And hasty climbers soon do fall;
I see that those which are aloft
Mishap doth threaten most of all:
They get with toil, they keep with fear:
Such cares my mind could never bear.

Content I live, this is my stay;
I seek no more than may suffice;
I press to bear no haughty sway;
Look, what I lack my mind supplies.
Lo, thus I triumph like a king,
Content with that my mind doth bring.

Some have too much, yet still do crave;
I little have, and seek no more.
They are but poor, though much they have,
And I am rich with little store;
They poor, I rich; they beg, I give;
They lack, I leave; they pine, I live.

I laugh not at another’s loss,
I grudge not at another’s gain;
No worldly waves my mind can toss;
My state at one doth still remain:
I fear no foe, I fawn no friend;
I loathe not life, nor dread my end.

Some weigh their pleasure by their lust,
Their wisdom by their rage of will;
Their treasure is their only trust,
A cloakèd craft their store of skill;
But all the pleasure that I find
Is to maintain a quiet mind.

My wealth is health and perfect ease,
My conscience clear my chief defense;
I neither seek by bribes to please,
Nor by deceit to breed offence:
Thus do I live; thus will I die;
Would all did so as well as I!

English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics. 1909–14.
(@ Bartleby.com)

What song to post for this… I am reminded a great deal of Hall and Oates.  What?  You no like?  Well… my head is a bit rolling this way as I was into them back then.  LOL! Here we go with one of my faves from them.  And… I’m kind of dedicating this song to myself.  I am, after all, wanting to make my dreams come true. (*wink*)

This took longer than I thought because I spent some time on Twitter.   I tried to figure out Facebook.  What I need to do is try to figure out more sleep! Ugh!  I know… I know!

Love y’all… so much!

Thank you dearly for reading and for listening.

62 thoughts on “100 DoRaM: Day 63 – My freaking mind!

      1. Sure, but many people like one stop shopping. Maybe they want to follow you specifically, but don’t want to have to have another account to keep track of. They can do everything right through Facebook

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      2. I have my personal page that I have receive friend requests from. I started my Growingself page that is open to anyone and is a public page. That is the one that my blog links to.

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      1. Yeah, I’m sorry about the inbed, I just wanted to post the link, but then the whole thing popped up after I hit comment, and then I panicked, and then I couldn’t delete it, and then I panicked some more and then I thought, Mel’s gonna think I’m a total dick wit and then….argggh!
        Sorry bout the inbed. *blushes*

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