A friend reported to me earlier today that she had temporarily lost her mind. She said it as though it were a bad thing.
But I was instantly jealous. Frankly, I frequently wish that my mind would just fuck off and leave me alone. I have done a lot of thinking and I have come to the conclusion that I do far too much of it. Enough is enough. There has to be a better way.
So I am trying to get a quasi-religious movement up and running based around the idea of non-thinking. Neutral thoughtlessness, if you like. I understand the difficulties, especially at the moment, with rampant pandemics, climate change, the threat of nuclear war and so on, seemingly engulfing us all.
As I say – I understand the difficulties.
But I haven’t given it much thought.
Anyway, getting back to my friend……. I wrote her a little poem to cheer her up and to perhaps encourage her to embrace her mindlessness, at least for a little while. The gift of thought comes as something of a mixed blessing, in my opinion.
This is what I had to say….
I lost my mind just yesterday
I left it on a boat
When I jumped into the ocean
To see if I could float
The waves came washing over me
And I begun to sink
You can’t remember how to swim
When you’ve forgotten how to think
Drowning was quite wonderful
I caught a glimpse of God
He asked if I was ready
And I gave a little nod
But they rescued me eventually
And put me in a bed
They gave me dry pyjamas
And put my mind back in my head
They gave me lots of tablets
And told me I was good
So when I exclaimed, “this isn’t right!”
They never understood
For as soon as I was thinking
My mood began to fall
And I missed when I was sinking
Without a care at all.
4 thoughts on “No Thinking”
That’s a great poem! Really amazing!!
We could all have used a little mindlessness the past few years
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Excellent. There’s a lot to be said for being mindless.
🌊 I prefer a mind adrift as well.