Cartoon Thinking

Cartoon Thinking

If our thoughts grew out of us in a gigantic bubble,
perhaps they might give warning to keep us out of trouble.
They might flow on ahead of us in a big balloon
to tell folks what we’re thinking, like in a cartoon.

Sometimes our thoughts scream out at us. At other times they whisper.
Sometimes our minds are in a fog. At other times they’re crisper,
but with prior warning of dangerous or sad thoughts,
perhaps our friends would intervene to circumvent the bad thoughts.

Folks in crowds we’re entering might split to left and right
when we’re in a pissy mood and spoiling for a fight.
Those we meet might warn us of what we’re about to think,
or chuckle at our naughty thoughts and give a little wink.

What would the world be like if folks knew everything we thought?
One friend would know we hate her hair, one know we think he’s hot.
There would be no mysteries, not one Christmas surprise.
No detecting secret thoughts by staring into eyes.

The whole world would be literal. No nuances or mysteries.
Strangers would know our secrets, both our present and our histories.
No reading of expressions, for the truth would all be there
floating in thought bubbles, right above your hair!

Prompt words are scream, ahead, bubble, right.

17 thoughts on “Cartoon Thinking

  1. sam voelker

    I am so often surprised at how you and I think of a similar subject – while our approach is often very different. I am in the process of trying to learn my way around WordPress to let you see another approach while not stepping on any or your great work. I wrote a short poem about reading minds a long time back, I am still a hack at this blog thing, so hope I do not mess up.

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      1. sam voelker

        Thanks Judy, I am new at this software and rather tired tonight, will read the instructions again tomorrow. Trying to get off of Facebook….Appreciate any suggestions you may have, both in programs and in my poetry. I have been writing poems for many years but only to please myself, not others. I do very much like what you do, and our lives are also similar in that I lost my wife as you did your spouse to pancreatic cancer. This is one way of my way of coping with my loss… Got a a lot of help out of your “Lessons from a Grief Diary”.

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        1. lifelessons Post author

          So glad it was helpful, Sam. Strange, but I always picture women reading it..not men. First time I’ve thought of this, but I think you are the first man who has commented on it. I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts about it. Am so sorry to hear about your wife. I agree that writing is one of the best ways of dealing with loss. You don’t have to wait for an audience or worry about friends getting tired of your talking about it. Two months after my husband died, a friend told me it was time I got over it!

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          1. sam voelker

            No Judy she is wrong, you never get over it, a photo, a song, a poem, or just looking at the picture on the wall. We were very close as you seem to have been, it is a long story. Hay tomorrow is my birthday, If I can get this thing going you will see what I am talking about. I live in an isolated location nearest neighbor is almost a mile away, many friends but most married. Again thanks, and I am happy to get to know you and your poetry / life help….

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  2. sam voelker

    I had one lady friend tell me that being around me was like having three people in the room. I said “maybe you are right, but YOU are the third person” No longer hear from her~! As to your book, I have read it several times, sometime I must put it down as it brings back memories, both good and bad, but mostly sweet memories a full and loving life. By the way I think that I am approximately the same age as Bob.

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      1. sam voelker

        That is what I figured, I turn 88 today! Shirley was ten years younger than me, but it worked our great as by the time I met her, I had worked all over the world and was ready to settle down. We had a beautiful marriage. But I see so many others at 60 who look, and act much older than I do. I am still full of P & V and as you can see my mind is still very sharp, (at least I think so)

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