Reason Swirls


Reason swirls in

rippled tidal waves,

schools of thought

propelled along rip tides of random compulsion;

Mind must master momentum

or be dragged to Davy Jones’ locker,

misled by swanky salesmen.

Lies ring true when artificial authenticity

sweeps senses out to sea,

when truth is misplaced

on the shelf next to pulp fiction.

The undiscerning dragnet

will troll for all species indiscriminately;

not every fish is worth the fry.


‘…take captive every thought…’

20 comments on “Reason Swirls

  1. Gallivanta says:

    Which came first, the words or the photo?

    • melodylowes says:

      The photo. I actually wrote an extremely dark piece for it first, but decided to stick it in my drafts folder for the time being.

      • Gallivanta says:

        Interesting. Is that usually how you start, with the photo as a focal point? Or is that a trade secret :)?

      • melodylowes says:

        I almost always start with a photo – I think of ways that I can write about the physical appearance of it while having a deeper meaning or double meaning, too. Sometimes when I see something, I think of a line or a title before I take the photo, then once I have the image, I write the fuller idea. but I’m very visual, so I almost always work off of an image.

      • Gallivanta says:

        I am not sure what I do. I must pay attention to myself! But I enjoyed reading how your lovely poems come in to being.

  2. Heidi Viars says:

    indeed … thoughts should be taken captive and guarded by the Author of Truth … thought provoking, Melody 🙂

  3. I’m liking your hopeful voice

  4. Eric says:

    Too many salesmen selling snake oil out there… 😉

  5. Debbie says:

    I loved this and that ending line, not every fish is worth the fry. Good work, Melody. And the verse is one i pray often!

  6. jaels says:

    This is brilliant, way beyond clever. I love “riptides of random compulsion”–surely that describes the younger me. Different issues now that I’m older….

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