At times my mind becomes a cranial soup,
A colourless slop of muddled ideas,
Far from palatable,
And even further from the acumen I strive for,
An anarchic hodge-podge,

I’ve lost my centre,
I’m disoriented,
I’m perplexed,
Grossed out by the muck my brain offers up,
I hear it sloshing about between my ears,

When confusion takes over,
I try to separate fiction from logic,
Taking sips begrudgingly,
Hoping to digest an ounce of sense,
But the odds are undeniably stacked.

  1. shauna says:

    “Sloshing between my ears “ is an excellent description of how I am feeling these days. My mother in law passed away a couple weeks ago, and earlier this week we lost a close family friend who helped care for my own mother in her last years. My coworkers have been supportive, but our department is also short handed with two people off the entire month on leave. I really am ready for a sabbatical!

    • Osharlequin says:

      Oh no my friend! I’m very sorry for your losses and I hope that you’re coping alright.

      Alas, work rarely allows us to take it easy eh? Particularly in your line of work (medical if I recall).

      I’m sure you deserve a sabbatical by this point!

      The Oldschool Harlequin

      • shauna says:

        A sabbatical would be marvelous, lol. I am coping alright. I have bills to pay so am keeping my nose to the grindstone the next couple of days. Had a funeral service yesterday that provided closure (faith has a lot to do with that for me), celebrated Easter service at church this morning with my hubby and then had a lovely dinner this afternoon with family at his niece’s. Our daughters and son in law were able to join us there. After the next two days, I shift gears for a bit to attend a state meeting of a fraternal organization I belong to. Then will have a couple days of respite before going back to work again. (The benefit of 12 hour shifts!)
        Yes, medical. I thought things would get better after the COViD surge was over, but we’ve had so many staff leave our system where I live that it has caused abysmal staffing shortages. So the stress level in my department is pretty much the same thanks to that. (Amongst other things—like a shift in management that is causing huge amounts of chaos on top of the bedlam we already are experiencing…)

      • Osharlequin says:

        Oh wow! That’s an incredibly busy array of things. I’m not sure how you do it. I’m glad that you got closure at the funeral service and that family were around. There’s no better way to deal with grief, not to mention Easter as well.

        Well, as if you need me to say, but don’t wear yourself out my friend.

        The Oldschool Harlequin

      • shauna says:

        Thank you. Hehe. Don’t know how to act unless I am busy! The next few days will be hectic but I will have moments where it slows a bit.

      • Osharlequin says:

        Ahh, you’re a bit of a busybody type eh? There’s nothing wrong with that. ☺️ I hope you get some down time.

        The Oldschool Harlequin

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