Keeping a Journal

There is a benefit to writing down

your thoughts. They keep you humble. You may think

your mind is interesting, full of thoughts,

wide ranging, and inclusive, that it’s great.

But with a journal, even if you fool

the world you’ll see the writer is a fool.

Instead of fireworks exploding, look,

there is a rather simple, plodding man

inhabiting a carousel who thinks

his world is multifaceted because

the carousel revolves. A journal shows

the fallacy, the limits of your mind.

The carousel you’re riding’s stuck in place

and everything you’ve thought you’ve thought before.

Scroll the pages and your coruscating

brilliance dims, with repetition dies.

You’ll find your mind’s a treadmill, stuck in place.

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