MUSHROOM m i n d

By Steph Raymond All Rights Reserved ©

Other / Poetry

m e d i t a t i o n

There is a disconnect between the

body and the spirit

when one’s mind is

a w a y ;

And though you may see me-

I am not here.

I answer a call that leads me astray...

To where I belong in a

f a r a w a y


where colors are vivid and melt

into each other in a quick embrace.

Movement and passion merging-

Like falling rain on a freshly painted canvas.


I hear music where I once heard screams.


I am

s e t t l e d .


I belong.

I am nostalgic and

h y p e r b o l i c

in this place of dreams.


Gemma looked down at her feet, eyes furrowed, taking deep breaths.


Involuntary noises always

escaped her whenever she tried

to perform any type of activity with her right side.

Her physiotherapist had just left, Gemma had managed to move a cloth in a circle three times before her hand dropped lifelessly.

Gemma was startled from her activity by the sound of her cell phone buzzing. She used her left hand to press the green button and answered,


“Hi, how are you doing today?”

Her mother’s voice echoed through the line.

Gemma immediately broke down,

“I’m trying to move my toes

or any part of my foot even a little,

but I can’t. I’m scared it’s paralyzed.”

“Gemma, it’s only been five days,

and you’ve made unbelievable progress!

You will move it in time.

Especially when you start all your therapy

when they move you down to the rehabilitation unit.”

“You’re right.”

Gemma whipped her tears,

“I’ll keep trying and call you later, ok?”

“I didn’t mean right now,

I meant it could take time.”

“I know, but I want to try,

okay, I will call you back

later. Love you, bye.”

She focused on her foot for half an hour while trying to keep her frustration at bay.

It was an

i m p o s s i b l e


to know that you should be able to do something, and everything is telling you to do it,

but your body simply will not move.

But Gemma knew if she was going to get home quickly that she would have to push passed

the feelings of frustration and disappointment

so that her body could receive positive messages from her

m i n d .

And suddenly it happened-

Right at the end of Gemma’s right foot, was able to move just slightly.

She immediately took out her phone to record her foot in action so that she could show her mother.

She would be able to work through this, she knew it for certain now.

Her foot was proof that

impossible things are attained with an affirmative state of mind.

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