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Restless Minds
by Lily of Lough Neagh a.k.a C. Dennis-Woosley
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
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A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow. ~Charlotte Bronte~

 Restless minds

Restless minds as blowing wind
Nary a thought in which to spin
Naught paths to grasp or seed to bear
Tumultuous thoughts on tepid air

Nary sleep found for relief
No moments rest a mind which leaps
Carried to the lands of waste
Desert dryness no escape

A carnival of missed gold rings
Naught one be caught its rigged you see
Thoughts floating on the darkened sea
White caps doth toss them out of reach

You pray for sleep that it may come
To stop the spinning wheel humdrum
But there you sit or there you lay
Apathetic minds be frayed

For life can have no favor choose
When all you wish to do is snooze
A body steamrolled paper thin
Mind fraught now tossed into bin

A moment’s sleep alas will come
But nay naught for the morning sun
A Midnight oil again you burned
Aye once again, yet still unlearned

Carolee Dennis-Woosley
June 5, 2012



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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/17/2014
I am familiar with "white nights" devoid of restful sleep. I can relate. Thank you, Lily. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Gail D (Reader) 1/24/2013
I know what it's like not to be able to sleep, I've had this happen more than once.

Reviewed by Diane Miller (Reader) 1/21/2013
Too many people have overactive minds. This covers the despair very well.

Reviewed by Edith Wilde (Reader) 6/12/2012
A restless mind is a wasted mind without sleep. You can't solve the problems so you need to sleep my dear. Very nicely written

Reviewed by Gert van Weenen (Reader) 6/10/2012
This is so recognizable for all if us. We all have it from time to time that we can not sleep because of the thoughts spinning around in our head and nothing can stop it. And while we are tossing and turning, the blankets become hotter with every turn, what makes the spinning in your head even go faster and stronger

Beautifully penned Carolee
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 6/6/2012
Evocative in imagery and whimsy ~
Reviewed by neerja gandhi 6/6/2012
At times, I too undergo toss n turn....well penned :)
Reviewed by Odin Roark 6/6/2012
The kinship of restless minds is a phenomena that evades the mediocrity of sentient abandonment. But as your poem demonstrates for all to contemplate: the great way is not difficult for those who have no preference. Arresting and provocative.
Reviewed by John Flanagan 6/6/2012
i'm totally with you here, Lily,
that internal eternal tossing and turning..
well penned

Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci 6/5/2012
Great work! Oh, how I understand!

Love ya!

Reviewed by jude forese 6/5/2012
a restless mind needs to learn how to shut itself down ... something i still have yet to learn ...
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 6/5/2012
A restless mind is a terrible thing to have, as I know from personal experience...if not for anti-depressants and such, I would never sleep...e
Reviewed by D. Vegas 6/5/2012
Carolee, A restless mind I had years ago, went six days with barely
any sleep...Enjoyed!

Reviewed by Mark Huntsman (Reader) 6/5/2012
Those restless minds that sap our body of vitality so needed to face each day! Well done wonderful and thought provoking

Reviewed by S Bergerac (Reader) 6/5/2012
We have all had restless minds my dear ones that keep us awake. Very well written.

I bow and tip my hat to you

Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 6/5/2012
that sleep thing, it's such a piece of work isn't it! I am a night owl always burning the midnight oil, but when I do go to sleep I sleep like a baby. When the mind is restless, you are right there is no hope for a good nights slumber.

Great quote also!

Peace, love and light,
Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 6/5/2012
I like the line "Desert dryness no escape" for the endlessness that image makes. The gold rings being rigged and the teasing toss of keep-away the whitecaps play. The vision of "A body steamrolled paper thin" is a fabulous way to express how flattened we get with fatigue or weights of perceived problems. That image reminds me of the old wringer-washers which had two rollers through which to feed the textile articles and that is how a person can feel....all the juice, shape and dimension squeezed right out of us. Great words! ~~ Diana
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 6/5/2012
when one is in that place nothing helps to bring you to a sereen place. expertly portraied.
Reviewed by Terry Rizzuti 6/5/2012
I hate it when that happens.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 6/5/2012
Ah, the restless mind and the horror that can certainly bring to the one so afflicted. The restless mind is a marvelous way of capsuling it, because the mind will dart here and there and under and over, never sitting still long enough to find the peace which is right in from of it.

Wonderful poetry, Carol. Hah! Love the photo!
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