SOLC Day 12: My Brain is Tired

March 2021 SOLC–Day 12
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Today’s post is for both Poetry Friday and the March Slice of Life Challenge.

Last month a group of poets gathered to write a poem a day in response to prompts about “Bodies.” (If you’d like to check them out, Laura Shovan, the creative organizing force behind this group, has posted the prompts at her blog.) One day the prompt was about “astral bodies.” I looked at the linked material and simply thought, “Wow, my brain is either too tired or too old to contemplate this too deeply! … Or maybe both.”

Today, I kind of felt the same way when I thought about writing a post. It’s late in the day, we had PD all day and I was pretty whooped. I had all sorts of ideas I could write about–an amazing class Zoom visit with Irene Latham, the eagles we watched on an afternoon walk today, a recent class discussion, my vaccine anxiety, the first signs of spring, etc. –but I just didn’t have the energy or motivation.

Here’s last month’s poem from the project. It still seems apt, as I guess my brain’s still tired this month, and now it’s even a bit older.

My Brain’s Too Old for the Astral Plane

My aging brain’s
not up to speed
for making sense
of philosophy
or talk about
an astral plane
between the body
and the brain…
or is it twixt
the body and soul?
I can’t quite grasp
the nebulous whole.
Astral whosit?
Spectral what!?
Oh, sh*t, Plato, too?
A cosmic glut!
The words they orbit
but make no sense.
I can’t comprehend—
this matter’s too dense!
I contemplate it
over and over
’til my brain implodes
like a supernova.

©Molly Hogan

The Poetry Friday Roundup this week is hosted by the Mistress of Wordplay, Heidi Mordhorst, at her blog, My Juicy Little Universe. Be sure to stop by and wish her a Happy Birthday and check out some linked poems while you’re at it!

27 thoughts on “SOLC Day 12: My Brain is Tired

  1. eddiehren says:

    Holy wow I love the way you wrote that poem. Nice. Also, our slices today have a similar vibe whilst being totally different. Pretty cool!

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  2. rdicarne says:

    I am right there with you. I have been wanting to check out Poetry Friday. I think I will make it my goal for next week. Thanks for the reminder.

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  3. You speak for dedicated teachers everywhere, from California to the New York Island. We feel your pain, or, for me, I remember such Fridays.

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  4. margaretsmn says:

    I love it when your snarkiness shows up in a poem. “The words they orbit
    but make no sense.
    I can’t comprehend—
    this matter’s too dense!” I’m right there with you, toasting you with my Friday glass of wine. Which, by the way, I seem to be gulping!

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  5. kd0602 says:

    I’m totally feeling that feeling of tired today. I’m looking forward to the post about the eagles!


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  6. britt says:

    I’m glad to know I am not the only who felt SWAMPED today; it was so difficult to sit down and write/publish a blog post 😦 Your poem IS AMAZING. Thank you for sharing, as well as for the resource link!

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  7. aggiekesler says:

    Despite being too tired, you managed to pull off a slice. Well done!! Hope you get some rest this weekend.

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  8. Linda Mitchell says:

    Oh, Molly. This made me laugh. I wish you a nap this weekend!

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  9. JANEEN PIZZO says:

    Dang! When my brain is tired I don’t create a rock star poem!! Loved the mentor text and also will use your friend’s blog in the future! Thank you for your slice.

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  10. gailaldousmsncom says:

    Molly, I wish I could write with such wit when my brain is too tired. Love your poem. Get some sleep and spend time in nature to rejuvenate. Thank you for sharing.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Gail, after a couple of comments, I realized I mislead my readers. I’ve revised the post to show that I actually wrote the poem last month. It just felt pertinent to share with this post. Sorry!! I wasn’t nearly creative enough to write a poem last night!


  11. There are so MANY things my brain is too tired to contemplate, Molly, so your poem resonated with me!

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  12. Your poem is FANTASTIC Molly, sure doesn’t sound like a tired brain to me. Love the poem and the humor in it, delightful. Though I have to say my brain sure tires of the many tasks involved with teaching online.

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  13. Heeeeee this poem is a delight, Molly, for exactly the reason that a brain too old to contemplate the nebulous whole would also be too tired to get all those perfect rhymes into that compact package. Don’t despair–your brain just needed a break from one kind of thinking, to play!

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  14. maryleehahn says:

    This just makes me laugh!

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  15. Kay Mcgriff says:

    Oh I can relate to that feeling of being too tired and too old!

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  16. Susan Bruck says:

    I can also relate to having a tired brain. Thanks for making me laugh. I’ve been editing a book on the archetypes in fairy tales and I feel like my brain is going to explode like a supernova, too (even though it’s a wonderful book)

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