Take My Mind To A Quiet Place



Please take my mind to a quiet place
Where there is no pain no hurried pace
And let me rest there for a while
Before I travel my next mile.

And when I once again proceed
Please give me all the strength I need
To face whatever I might find
With joy of heart and peace of mind.

About this poem

I worked for hospice, and used this as a meditation to prepare me for the people and stories and tears I would hold in my heart every day. It hung above my desk for several years and still is there with my successor. I share it with friends going thru cancer treatments and other crises.

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Written on February 01, 2000

Submitted by dutchcooki on February 29, 2024

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Scheme AABB CCDD
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 276
Words 60
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 4, 4

Take my mind to a quiet place

I’ve written poetry since I was a child, as birthday cards, gifts, even a book report. A teacher allowed me to read some to the class as show and tell. I wrote a column in our local paper for 20 years, and while working for hospice, wrote song lyrics for departing staff members or med students on rotation. Words are very important to me. more…

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5 Comments
  • JokerGem
    Holy heck this is terrific!!--almost like a succinct prayer for calibrating oneself for an impending task.

    Excellently made!
    LikeReply1 month ago
  • Vixility
    So much said in so little space. Simple and powerful and beautiful.
    LikeReply1 month ago
  • susan.brumel
    I also worked in hospice and can relate 100% to your words. Beautiful. Congratulations!
    LikeReply 11 month ago
  • FLi
    For some unknown reason, for the past few months, I am easily drawn to poems that are short but meaningful. This poem speaks volumes to me. It highlights a quick break from everything that I unknowingly need. 
    LikeReply 11 month ago
  • LinYoest
    So much said in just a few lines. I love rhyming poems, and this one has a smooth rhythm. It is a lovely, well written poem.
    LikeReply 11 month ago

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