Who Can Calm the Mind?

POETRY FORMAT, 22 Nov 2021

Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service

I tried to tell my mind to let it go.
Instead, it controlled me some more!
Like a load it grew.
Heavier by the day.
Then it became an old rusty cage.
Filled with thoughts and ruminations.
Harmony was gone.
Brewing and brooding with bitter rage.
You cannot be imprisoned.
You have the keys, I told myself.
But did my mind listen?
Stop the piercing thoughts.
Catch them, purge them.
Scorch them and cleanse them.
Break that rusty cage.
Set yourself free…

Who can calm the mind?
I ask myself?
Search and seek.
It’s a treasure you must find.
How can I leave those thoughts behind?
The mind is a battlefield.
Break that rusty old cage!
Fight that inward rage.
Be that change.


Dr Usha Roopnarain – Former parliamentarian in the National Assembly of South Africa, social activist and passionate about human rights and gender equality.


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