Whose Mind Am I In?

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – April Day 23
“An Antic Disposition” – The Mind  (posted by Kerry)
Since today is the anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth and death, I have delved into the archives to read up on what he had to say about madness… a favoured theme in several plays and poems. I came across an interesting article, to be found HERE for those who are interested. I have also provided a few memorable quotes, but they are by no means prescriptive.

Our focus for this prompt is The Mind: those troubles of the brain, shaping fantasies and antic dispositions which make us human.

“I am a very foolish, fond old man,
Fourscore and upward,
Not an hour more nor less; and to deal plainly,
I fear I am not in my perfect mind.”

(from King Lear)

If I am not in my perfect
mind, am I in someone
else’s? Do they have
the same criteria?
Is hysteria madness or
merely a vent to air
out smoke–blood pressure
solution without pill
pollution side effects.
If I stew over the possibility
of becoming mad, what signs
would I look for to know my mind
has slipped over the edge
of a ledge?


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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22 Responses to Whose Mind Am I In?

  1. If you “stew” it is probably a sign you are fine. Perhaps it’s those who don’t stew at all !


  2. Pertinent, unanswerable questions!


  3. Jim says:

    Fun reading, Sara. I worry about losing my mind by forgetting things. But I can’t remember then it won’t matter.


  4. I think as long as we’re wondering, we are probably still sane, lol.


  5. kanzensakura says:

    I agree. When we wonder we are fine. If our minds slip off the ledge and we just roll with it and never question, then we are in trouble.


  6. sanaarizvi says:

    This is brilliant! I agree with Sherry and Toni… as long as we contemplate .. we are fine 💜


  7. ihatepoetry says:

    As long as the madness doesn’t sneak up on you – if it does, get your pen and write.


  8. MYRNA ZACH says:

    If I lost my mind

    do I contact the police?

    Do they have a lost and found for minds?



  9. I often wonder where I’ve lost my mind.


  10. annell4 says:

    No way to know for sure, and maybe just a blessing, when we can’t handle the present moment?


  11. mhmp77 says:


    what signs
    would I look for to know my mind
    has slipped over the edge
    of a ledge?

    Dementia is a cruel slip into the unknown that one will not know until seen by someone else happening to us!


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