Done, Distracted, Defined

April, as T.S. Eliot wrote, is the cruelest month. It leaves its cobwebs on everything. Sweep them away, or get swept away by them. April doesn’t care. This post started out as something else, but left me drained.

April brings jumbled, dusty thoughts. But April showers wash them away.

I crumpled it up, which is harder to do with a blog post, but not impossible. It was far too long for a post, too short for a novel. It rolled into a dark corner of my hard drive, and I was…


What’s left, when all is said and done?
A mind as blank as the horizon
On a cloudless, sunless day.

Nothing left to think or say –
Just murmurs. The tepid wind sighs on;
No great truths told, no battles won.


Breathe in and hold… two… three… now out.
“Just let go, and let your mind go blank.”
Don’t think of pink elephants.

Wearing polka dotted pants.


“Think outside the box,” you say.

I hear your words, but wonder:

If my box is a little lopsided, corners crushed,
with latticed windows and a library
that happens to have an
impossible staircase
leading everywhere and nowhere
all at once…

Why would I ever want to?

Slide ruled, compass encompassed, level-headed logician
– convinced that nothing’s bigger than the universe –
you see a skull
no bigger than a hat box.

You are the box. Outside you,
I see…everything.







Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle; A Puppy, Not a Guppy; Innocents & Demons; and A New Leaf for Lyle. You can find her books on Amazon at For more information on her children's books, please visit
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10 thoughts on “Done, Distracted, Defined”

  1. Best laid plans go awry. My apologies to anyone who may have had issues commenting, as I tried to implement a way to use G+ comments in addition to WP comments. That didn’t work so well…

    Thanks, Neeraj, for letting me know of the problem.

  2. Your writing skills encompass all genres, even poetry! I’m impressed, Holly. 🙂 Yes, I did notice a glitch with the commenting system but thought it was, once again, just at my end. May the April showers wash away the dust and darkness.
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    1. Yikes! Never assume anything, Debbie!

      If anyone notices any “glitches” laying around here, do let me know. It’s probably me, not you.

      Thank you, Debbie – yes, I write poetry, too. I have to be in the right mood. Sometimes the mood lasts for weeks or months, and sometimes it’s as fleeting as a single Haiku.

      There is ONE genre I find exceedingly challenging. I’ve resolved to write in it, this year, and enter it into a contest next year. Odds are, it’ll be awful (seriously, it’s the one genre where I can’t tell if what I’ve written is good or seriously sucks, and so I don’t feel confident about it AT ALL). I wonder if you could guess what it is.

      You won’t see it here on this blog, and it’s nothing that appears on my resume.
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  3. That’s a very good question, Neeraj. May I appoint you Minister of Sanity and run all such ridiculous notions through you as they occur to me, in future, prior to implementing them? ROFL

    I have no idea. Sometimes, I just get a notion in my head to try something. At least the result wasn’t as devastating as the last time I installed some third party commenting system and it ate half my comments and randomly mixed up conversations. 🙂

    Shortest post… probably! Shorter than most of my comments, too. You didn’t know I sometimes ran out of words, or felt like condensing them into poetry, did you? I hope you enjoyed it. (The one it replaced was going on 25K words. I saved it to my hard drive and figured maybe it would make a better eBook. Some day. The real problem was, I wasn’t in the mood to edit it. And it needed editing.)
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  4. Hi Holly,
    I did not realize that you’re a poet too. I’ve been reading your posts and this is the first time I came across a poem from you (but maybe you did one before and I just did not see it). It reminds me of Sylvia Plath. I swear I saw her style in you (not that I am a ‘poem analyst’…just my novice opinion) and that’s why I just love what you wrote and it inspired me to write this comment. Please write more poems. :).

    It’s mid April here in Korea (visiting this week), and this delightful month brings forth the joyous blossoming of Cherry Blossom flowers. The April showers wash the dust and create sparkling dew on their pink and white petals.
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