After Thoughts
The Poetry of J. Hodges

The Cure

A touch of depression?
A lot of self-pity?
So overwhelmed
and feeling real shitty?

Not working out
as you have imagined?
Creeping self-doubt
and little compassion?

What about me?
you say in your head
as you lie all curled up
in your over-sized bed

You have it all wrong
and it’s a real pity
you’re so self-absorbed
with your head’s own committee

Every things wrong
and you just want to blame
everyone else
for your suffering and pain

then you talk with a friend
and get some advice
not very much
just enough to suffice

he points out to you
that you have it all wrong
that the thing you should do
is stop singing that song

reach out your hand
and offer another
the help only you
can offer a brother

put someone first
instead of yourself
then you may realize
it’s good for your heath

reach out your hand
to help a poor brother
then you will find
you just may recover

Get out of your head!
Get out of your mind!
Be useful and loving
and ever so kind

If you can do this
there’s some guarantee
your worries will fade
and happy you’ll be!