Plains of Mediocrity

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Without emotions what would we be, good or bad they keep us alive

Plains of Mediocrity


A malaise can creep

A thick soup of indolence surrounds

Apathy fogs the mind

Contemplation suspended by indifference

Lethargic eyes wide staring but not seeing.

Barely alive, floating in icy brain freeze.

Love, hate, passion, anger, irrelevant

A languid saline nullifying emotion.

Laying in a state betwixt contentment and torment


Don’t venture to deep into the quick sands of melancholy

Sucking life’s desires they consume the weak.

Before you slip unnoticed into mind numbing nothingness

Take heed.

Gather up your emotions set them ablaze in your mind and you heart.

Love, hate, yearn, desire, want, need, dream, scream, laugh, hug,

Shout from the highest place

I am alive! I feel!


Your armour of emotions will save you.

Express, create, partake in life.

You will not join the ghosts that drift aimlessly,

Without hope unable to know true love or the depths of despair

Spent souls. Existing but not living

Never to escape the plains of mediocrity.



By Dibs

Submitted: November 21, 2011

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Mike Stevens

Dibs, I agree completely that it's better to feel emotions than not, but for a long time, I battled nothing but the negative ones. Jealousy and anger filled my mind constantly, until I realized the only person I was hurting was myself, so I made a conscious choice to try to let it go. I'm not always successful, but most of the time it works. Great poem, writer-guy!

Tue, November 22nd, 2011 10:30pm


I sat up late last night trying to get this one right. Its a hard thing to do to express 'nothingness' It was your little poem on being able to think of something to put pen to that prompted the though that gave birth to this demon

I find if you’re ever short of something to write a little Pink Floyd does the trick.

And thanks for sharing a little about yourself, I think us writer-guys can be a little hard on ourselves


Tue, November 22nd, 2011 3:04pm


Really like this one, Dibs. Every person has to face life his own way, but for me, life is way to short to dwell on the negative. I am alive, I feel, and if you don't like it then kiss my butt! The Real Man is a real fan.

Wed, November 23rd, 2011 3:13am


very kind Bob, your not so bad yourself! This one was quite a challange, but I am happy with the result


Tue, November 22nd, 2011 11:56pm


The name says it all, no peaks and vallies on the heart monitor of emotion.... Flat lined (DEAD) any way you look at it.

Great poem, well written and well said!

I sit back with a quiet satisfaction, I feel like I helped you and bobthebuilder get together, and I see a great respectful collaboration going on and it is very productive to populating these pages with high quality works of the mind!

Makes me proud and happy to know you both!

Wed, November 23rd, 2011 6:47pm



And so you should, thats sit back and enjoy. This place and the special people here have impacted on my life so positively.

Thank you for being a part of a place I feel at home in

your friend


Wed, November 23rd, 2011 3:52pm


Wonderful! What a great way to motivate someone feeling low and hopeless.
I like how it goes one extreme to the other.
What a twist...
i hope this gets read by all of those down trodden...
Thank you,

Sat, November 26th, 2011 2:50am


What a sweet thing to say, I hope we can all inspire and encourage as writers

Thank you too


Sat, November 26th, 2011 12:12am


that was the pep talk i needed today...thanks !

Tue, January 10th, 2012 7:00pm


kind of you to say so. I really do appreciate you taking the time to read my stuff


Tue, January 10th, 2012 1:00pm

Ava Rosien

I always come away with wisdom after reading your work.
I think you may not know what a wonderful writer you are. You inspire writer's in ways you do not dream of;and I am so glad I joined booksie; otherwise I would have missed reading your work!

Fri, October 12th, 2012 4:44pm


Ava, Just thank you for such a wondefully kind comment.


Fri, October 12th, 2012 10:33am

Indie Skreet

The thing is, when you are repeatedly hurt, numbness becomes the armour for 'self-protect'. It's either that or roll over and die .... just my opinion, but probably not a particularly healthy one :)

Wed, January 30th, 2013 8:31pm


So true and this poem is about recognizing you are not alone in it and that if you are brave enough to stick your head above the parapit you will see that there are others and together you can win the battle.

I have found Booksie to be a very good therapists couch. That is when I am not sat on a real one in front of my therapist, who is superb!

There are may place to find help, the most important place is within yourself


Wed, January 30th, 2013 2:52pm

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