The Man Who Lived in His Head

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There once was a man,

Who lived in his head

With worry and fear and

All sorts of dread.


Tourists would visit

From around the world

To sneak a peak inside the head,

That he had placed upon a pedestal.


They would climb upon scaffolding,

That allowed them to view

What went on between ear one and ear two,

And suggest some things that he could do.


The rooster suggested a cock-a-doodle-do,

That he should do til he turned blue.

Felines suggested a hearty meow,

And this he managed to do somehow.


Yet inside his head he remained

Until one day a girl exclaimed,

“Get out of your head

And live out here instead,”


And that is what he eventually did.

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dahoglund profile image

dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I once read that writers live inside their own heads. If we didn't we probably wouldn't be able to write.


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kimh039 5 years ago Author

Ah, dahoglund. I love your new pic! In the old one you looked like you were really working hard to put out all those hubs you have been cranking out. In this one you look renewed.

Being in your head can mean different things to different people i think. It's a problem if you can't get out of your head when you need to and if you're not functionning because of being in your head.

Some people can live constructively in their head for awhile, and still go to work, pay the bills and do the laundry.

The quality of thoughts for some people is an issue too. They think thoughts that make them depressed, anxious, suicidal, hate themselves and others, etc. They don't know how to stop the thoughts, and are in danger of acting on them.

Being aware of your thoughts, and contemplating and reflecting on thoughts and ideas contributes to personal growth and creativity.

Obsessing and ruminating do not. If I feel like I can't go outside of my home until I get all my thoughts recorded in writing, I will have problems.

Hope that makes sense and/or is helpful. Thanks for reading and commenting:)


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TheWhisper 5 years ago from Macomb,MI

I love this fun filled poem. To a child this could be comical and to an adult, totally different. This could be a representation of the closed-mined people they work with! :)

Please read some of my writings when you have the chance. I would love to hear what you think.


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kimh039 5 years ago Author

The drawings are child like and concrete; and comical. The condition of being stuck in one's head is a serious one for those afflicted. I hadn't thought of it as relating to closed mindedness but really it does. I did think of it in the sense of other's imposing their own wills onto others; such as the rooster and the feline's suggestions. Thanks for the comments, TheWhisper. It would be interesting to re-do this as a children's story at some point. I did check out one of your poems, and will be back to view some more of your work. It looks very interesting. Thanks for reading, commenting and introducing yourself. Nice to meet you:)


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

kimh

The pictures probably say more about my photographic skills than anything else. The earlier one was a fist attempt at using a camcorder to take a picture of myself. The current one was taken with a built in camera on the laptop I bought last year. I was also trying to create an image to be truthful. I'm starting to put some western stories in ebooks. Since I don't own a cowboy hat I settled for a straw hat I had picked up at a garage sale.


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kimh039 5 years ago Author

love it:) what a great idea. let me know when you get some ebooks finish - or publish a hub on how to do that.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

This is a brilliant poem with a very deep message conveyed in a simple fun way. There is just one problem with getting out of the head is if nothing exists outside of it. If we perceive the world inside our heads then could you be advocating that we see beyond the illusion to the truth that lies outside of our heads?


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kimh039 5 years ago Author

More about nothing!!! Good points Spirit Whisperer. I came across some more thoughts about nothingness by Thomas Merton last night while reading myself to sleep! Will this nothingness ever end? This poem will need a sequel now. Thanks for the thoughts, Spirit Whisperer.


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Kimh

I did just publish my first ebook. I'm not real good with links but if you want to take a look at it a search for Smashwords "Guest Ranch" by Don Hoglund, should find it.It is a free book so you can download it if you want.


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kimh039 5 years ago Author

will do that when i get home. thanks dahoglund.


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kimh039 5 years ago Author

found it and bookmarked it for later. will want to check out smashwords too. thanks.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

This is a cool poem and hub that has already generated a lot of discussion and I agree with what's been said. The more you read it, the more meaning it seems to take on.

BTW: Congratulations on your interview with Dr. Bill. It looks great and I learned a lot about you. I always wondered how you made that profile video!


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kimh039 5 years ago Author

LOL! I didn't know it was published. Where is it?

BTW. Thanks:)


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

It's in the new Hub Pages Weekly: Turn Clogs Into Coins issue that was just sent out (via email) a few minutes ago. I also sent you an email a moment ago with more specifics.


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skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Awesome poem. We are in control of our thoughts. It took many years to understand the concept but it is true. Everyone is different and the reaction we have towards a person place or thing is key. We sow seeds in words deeds and actions. Today I choose to sow good seeds. I am touched to have landed on your hubs of love. Hugs my friend.


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kimh039 5 years ago Author

Thanks, skye2day for reading and for adding some good insights. We do all have very different reactions to things. Keep sowing:)


Ghost32 5 years ago

A chiropractor with whom I treated in the eighties (and who was also a hardcore psychic with some serious talent going on between HER ears) once told me something similar. Not precisely that I lived in my head, but that I was barely connected with the Earth.

So much so, in fact that when I bought my first motorcycle (at age 41) she warned me: To stay ever upright on two wheels, I would have to FOCUS...because I really, really didn't live "down here" all that much.

After I spaced off enough to drop the bike three separate times (all at very low speed, either while parking or while pulling out from a stop sign to make a turn), I kind of had to agree she had a point.

Thankfully, though, nobody (so far) has chopped off my head and put it on a pedestal. I do tend to put my wife on a pedestal, but that's a whole 'nother thing.

Voted Up and Some Buttons.


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kimh039 5 years ago Author

LOL. I enjoyed your response immensely, Ghost32. At times, I even laughed inappropriately because it wouldn't be funny at all if you had been hurt on your motorcycle, but sometimes we do have to learn the hard way! Thanks for the late night comedy and for pushing some buttons:)


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

God, sounds like me! great poem Kim, should be a childrens book. Thanks for sharing.


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kimh039 5 years ago Author

Glad you enjoyed Tony. The good thing about getting out of your head is that you can always go back in if you still really want to. Thanks for reading and commenting Tony.


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eddiecarrara 5 years ago from New Hampshire

Cool poem Kim, I seem to be stuck in my head like most people, just trying to find my way out but my nose is clogged, my ears are blocked and for the most of the time, I keep my mouth shut, lol


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Sun-Girl 5 years ago from Nigeria

Nicely written article which i enjoyed reading from.


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kimh039 5 years ago Author

LOL. You're locked in, eddiecarrara! I'm glad you enjoyed the poem though:)


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kimh039 5 years ago Author

thank you Sun-Girl....and it's good to see you again:)


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

First of all i have to tell you i did watch your self profile video and it is quite disturbing to hear the words while looking at an animated Sarah Palin. L.O.L.

Nice poem, short, to the point, and quite amusing. Good job.


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kimh039 5 years ago Author

Yes. Listening to Sarah Palin is like the sound of fingernails on the chalkboard to me. Disturbing though? Hmmm. I may re-think that then. It has served its purpose in reserving space on my profile page to display my hubs, yet providing information about me to anyone who is interested. Perhaps I'll re-do it....right after I eliminate all those letter "A"s off my account page by writing a summary for every hub! Thanks for commenting, d.william.


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Scarface1300 5 years ago

Great little poem, really enjoyable thanks


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kimh039 5 years ago Author

thanks Scarface1300. I appreciate your taking the time to read and comment:)


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lorlie6 4 years ago from Bishop, Ca

By God, kimh039, you are one fabulous poet-a Dr. Seuss mixed thoroughly with a bit of http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2011/04/wild...

stirred briskly.

Love the poem, btw!

Laurel


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kimh039 4 years ago Author

Thanks Laurel:)...for the comment and the encouragement. Loved the link. It was inspiring and impressive. I'll have to google hyperbole later. I'm pretty sure I used to know what that is!


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lorlie6 4 years ago from Bishop, Ca

My pleasure, kim!! Allie's the best IMO!

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