Category Archives: Mind

Mirror Poem about Life, Time and Thought

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was written out of nothing really, just stream of consciousness thinking watching Blondie at Glastonbury on T.V. at the end of June, 2014.

Poem Explanations

The title and last line refers to a single thought of a small creature being superior in that way to great giant stars, which just work unthinkingly by thermonuclear reactions. The last line also plays on the British television series about a vet, All Creatures Great and Small.

So although the universe is mindbogglingly massive, life as we know it on Earth is the best we know for thinking. Here’s the poem:

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Particular Preciousness of Thinking, Thought Superior to Reaction

crunch time for mortal minds
strangles infinite breath
day drags for damselfly
century crows to humanity
instinct, learning, loving, expiring
endless summer days

One’s outlook on life, age of calendar July

winter limits light
experience, remembering, warming, gripping
holding on for dear
life becomes more refined
sailing history’s horizon
all creatures greater than sun

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Mirror Poem about Natural Inspiration for Mind

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was inspired by a hazy half-moon night, inspiring the thoughts of this poem. He thought how much more he would have thought if he’d spent more time under it, like the ancients did before writing down things; or even people of the last century before the age of television. Some people do still live like that of course, all over the world.

Entrancing Haze, Thoughtful Phase

moon never told a story
ocean didn’t create a rhyme
but waves can sound sublime.
sun wouldn’t sing a song
air can’t write musical lyrics
but wind can breeze idyllic.

natural noise, interpretative imagination

hearing sounds sparks creative cell
nervous system neurons spark new
ingenious ideas begin to brew .
however our brains have evolved
knowledge from more silent times
cultural memes travelling laid lines.

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Human Life Mirror Poem with Natural Metaphors

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem is another human life story with natural world metaphor.

Looking Forward and Back, Aspiring to Fall Longer

cutting down illusions
to grow delusions
catching up with heroines
once appeared advanced aliens
heroes turned real
rotating on life wheel

sitting atop clear peak, clouds roll in descending

only rock lives naturally
mountain top eternally
diving into deepest ocean
mask obscuring human emotion
sinking solace bliss
deep silent abyss

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Mirror Poem Mixing Life and Nature

Marc Latham’s new Folding Mirror poem mixes life and death philosophy with lots of natural world metaphors. Life is good and beautiful, and so was dipping into the mind to write this poem in a melancholy mood.

Translucent Fall, Rise Transparent

life’s monotonous dreamscape
colour on dancing shadows
less rational than raindrops
doing what comes naturally
breaking an ocean apart
before returning to cloud

swimming and flying, living and dying

is dry land closer
to sea or air
should we even care
it’s sensible to sleep
while moonshine paints haunting
death’s monochrome nightmares

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Mirror Poem Travels Mind Sight to Memory

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem mixes sight and thought, memory and recall. Thanks for reading this, and I hope some of it, or something on this site, is worth recalling sometime.

One Way Optic Nerve, Visual Cortex Return Signals 

some times you see what you look for
other things just come into view
often the scenery is normal
occasionally it’s surprising too
sky changes colour at least twice daily
although clouds often obscure the view

time changes everything, memory records moments

but best times always fly obscured
in mental zone of ephemeral thoughtless focus
when brain runs automatically
like yoga master body lotus
other times images enter the mind
some things only register when triggers prompt us

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Visual cortex at back of brain.

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Mirror Poem Celebrating New Spring Green Wind

Marc Latham’s new Folding Mirror poem was inspired by looking at greenery swaying in the divide between two roads; lit by sun shining through clouds to create warm spring air.

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The poem echoes one of his earliest Folding Mirror poems, created after seeing a similar scene in a field of barley, and posted on fmpoetry five years ago this month (available from link above, or by searching field barley).

Cihuatecayoti was chosen out of the many world wind gods as it mirrored Cinderella the most.

Winding Between, Two Roads

where was the wind
before now
had it already inspired
thoughts, dreams, wonder
beating
tender hearts
Cihuatecayoti remembered
mind refreshed

riding the magic, blades green grass

march awoken
Cinderellas released
captivity ceased
creating
tribal, dance, writing
other planets have breeze
similar chemicals
is their reaction poetry

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Mirror Poem Mind Twists Amid Creation

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem started with a thought about how a change of mind, going against past behaviour, can change the course of history; either personally or on a wider scale; confounding those who have studied the form.

A moment of malfunction or genius, rule-breaking or freedom.

You do what you want,
but do you know what you want,
and do you want what you know?

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Folding Mirror Mind Malfunction 

judgements are based
on the past
anticipating the future
carefully analysed
accurately quantified
the folding mirror line
should happen about now
with two clauses
of the same amount of words
but with a twist of the mind
the poem can just continue
line after line
without a fold
to mirror two sides
until the words end.

I wrote that free thinking, but perhaps predictably, after noticing there were the right number of lines for a mirror poem, I edited it into one.

Updated: I later edited it again to describe a mirror poem, rather than an unstructured one.

Folding Mirror Finished, Normal Service Resumed 

idea inspires research
on multiple sources
imagining whole shape
analysis upon analysis
accurately quantified
folding mirror line
happens about now

with two clauses, divided by comma

then poem continues
in bottom half
same amount
words to line
remembering upper semi
reflecting both sides
until form accompli

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Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has books available on Smashwords and Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).