Mental Load

By Lindsay Jane Hunter

I lie in bed 
Thoughts whirring  
Brain churning 
Lists forming  

For the morning  
This is the hour of  
Guilt and doubt 
Of shoulds and coulds  

And how about  
Today I hoped  
That I would make 
Paint or write 

But every time  
I turned to art 
My head filled up 

I couldn’t start  
My mental load 
My list of chores 
I must just tend to this 

And so I 

I remember birthdays 
I plan our meals 
I wash the current favourite top 

I watch and watch and watch the clock 
Then I find a little time 
To make a thing  
To play 

To rhyme  
But I just can’t get  
My rhythm going  
When my mind is over flowing  

I can not even finish this  

Lindsay Jane Hunter is a therapeutic arts and drama practitioner based in Coventry, UK, who is passionate about facilitating opportunities to be creative and build connections. Join her Connection & Creativity communities on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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