27 is mythically supposed to be a difficult year for rock and rollers, with a 27 club of rockers who died at that age. Reflection 27 of 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections is about depression, so I asked Marc Latham whether he remembers 27 being a particularly difficult year. He said he doesn’t remember it as such; rather it was just another year of 27 difficult years, but he had a lot of fun and worthwhile experience in those years too.
Funnily enough, in the other way to funny ha! ha!, Stephen Fry was on the news this morning talking about depression while publicising his new autobiographical book, and he was talking about Philip Seymour Hoffman having controlled his addictions for 23 years before succumbing to them aged 46.
Mirror Poems and Reflections
In line with Marc Latham’s introduction quote, and the greenYgrey ideology, and so as not to depress you too much today, not to mention because it has been quite some time since our last Reflection from 242 Mirror Poems, today we have the first double Reflection in one blog post from that book.
While the first Reflection is about coping with depression through facing reality, the second contains a humorous poem about mental health issues.
Together, hopefully they provide a little balance greenYgrey style, as well as a couple of ideas for coping with mental health issues and the general reality of life, death and existence.
Using Depressive Thoughts
Reflection 27 reflected the Folding Mirror poem Life has More Meaning than Death, which was posted on fmpoetry.wordpress.com in June 2012.
While some people can look on the bright side of life all the time, most people are at some time hit by the cyclical realities of existence, and it seems a good idea to try and learn from them:
is a state of mind
if you accept its normality
and accurate view
of the negative side
to the world cycle
that enters your life
then it’s not time
Reflection 28 had a two-for-one philosophy, like this blog post. It reflected the Folding Mirror poem Y Green and Grey Go Together, which was posted on fmpoetry.wordpress.com in April 2012, after the completion of the Werewolf of Oz set off the greenYgrey golden age.
It also reflects the previous Reflection above quite nicely, as it writes about still finding new wonders of the world and universe even in middle-age; and wonders that are beyond the controls of humanity and free to see for everybody.
The first half of the Reflection explained the poem’s inspiration:
Reflection 28 (part 1)
‘by seeing Venus during the day while trekking in the Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks, alerted by the Sky at Night television programme; my first conscious sighting of a middle-of-the-day planet or star at the age of 46. It was on the same March 2012 trip that I took the 242 Mirror Poems cover photo.’
Reflection 28 (part 2)
The second half of the Reflection lightened the mood under a clear day and night sky with a previously unpublished comedy poem:
If the sheepdogs tell great jokes
and livestock like to clown around
under a smiling sun and moon
I want to go to the funny farm.