Choices, Experiences and Various Views Through The Lens Of My Psych

A collection of poems written by Mark Catlin.

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Shy

A pretty woman
Smiled at me yesterday
With eyes that said
“Are you going my way?”
Flushed with embarrassment
I looked away
Then walked on –
Alone

Mark Catlin
June 2016

Indoctrination??

Preconceptions fed
Closed minds
Chorused voices
Dog-whistle opinions
With back biting considered

Countered facts
Spreadsheet empathy
Cold ideology
Band-wagon mentality
And repression with impunity

Fragile unity
False Exceptions
Carnival of ignorance
Alongside
Headline ignominy

Wasted efforts
Deep ingrained lies
Social regression
And
Tissues of lies

Group hypnotherapy
Cultured insanity
Plastic hypocrisy
With
Corrupted heredity

Controlled hysteria
oxy-moron(ia)
Faked emotional
Leading to..
Future dystopia

Mark Catlin
May 2016

 

 

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Struggle

Understanding the meaning of struggle
Giving your whole life to a single passion
Which others may or may not
Consider obsolete
Like a rare flower
Seen by a few before it withers and dies
(before it withers and dies)

Seeing it all
All the way through the very end
Regardless
A full stop followed by an exclamation mark
Written in your flesh and blood
Getting knocked down every time
Getting knocked down every moment you get up – until you love getting up

I know what you’ve been going through
I’ve been there too
God knows I’ve been pushing hard Pushing so damn hard -I’ve forgotten what the hell I’m even -Pushing for

Recognize it when it happens to you
Learn to recognize it and know what to do
Stop clinging on, let go, own nothing
Do it out of love
Do it out of love

Words cannot substitute
Losing everything
Losing your home
Losing your money
Your dignity
Losing your mind – your beliefs, ideals
Then and only then
When everything is gone
You no longer care
Your soul standing naked and bare
Stripped down to the truth
Then you’ll find everything
On heaven and earth
On heaven and earth
On heaven and earth

The struggle is long
The struggle is hard
The struggle is beautiful

Lyrics; J. Coleman
From the album; Extremities, Dirt And Various Repressed Emotions. By Killing Joke.

Clarity Erosion

Close your eyes
Shut it out
Nevermind
It’s over for now

Feelings crowd in
Your mind it freezes
Thinking slows
Never easy

Whatever next
Emotions expressed
Can’t repress
Interpret the rest

Inner mind
Deep inside
Try to find
A clear sign

Thoughts explode
Time erodes
The past exposed
To all who know.

Mark Catlin
April 2016

Waiting

 

Waiting for the world to turn out right

Waiting for the people to stand and fight

Against the wrongs that we all see

Waiting to find out that it’s not only me
That stares in disbelief…..
..at what goes around
In this broken system..
Honesty lost not found

Waiting for something to spark the fire
That is the people taking back the power
Waiting for reason to own the hour
And bring about the fall…
Of those ivory towers.

Mark Catlin
March 2016.

Subjective Acceptance

Of roads not taken
Of paths un-trod
Of life’s inertia
Fulfilled or not

Others pass by
In themselves absorbed
intransient myopia
Spun out of control

The pages fill
With tears that fall
The emptiness of a silence
That can capture us all

The wasted seconds
Seemingly timeless years
Looking into mirrors
Trying to embrace your fears……

Mark Catlin
March 2016.