Writing 201: Poetry… Fog

Day 5 of my WP poetry course and I am suffering badly with the mother of all flus and a cough that won’t quit.

My head is a mess of jumbled gibberish. I can barely form a coherent thought. I want to go back to bed and die.

But, I click to see my assignment for today is to compose an elegy, using elegiac couplets, incorporating a metaphor, all inspired by the prompt word fog.

No worries then! (yep sarcasm rears its ugly head!)

I thought I might as well embrace the fact my poor little brain is muddled and write about the fog inside my flu-filled head. Elegy is definitely not my usual style and I did find this exercise a challenging one…  but that is why I signed up, to be stretched out of my comfort zone!

I have to say, kudos to Ben Huberman, this course has been some of the best fun I’ve had in a while!

Here we go, I offer you my very, very humble elegy to brain fog!


Murky muddled mess of mixed up emotions

Ideas, thoughts, confusions and notions,

I struggle to make any sense from this smog,

I cannot find my way through this fucking brain fog!

Thick, sticky peasoup, brainstew, in my head…

I fear that all hope for mental clarity… is dead.

As usual, I am not very pleased with my result, but as I feel so dreadful today I went with the “fuck it, it’ll do!” philosophy…

Feedback people… always welcome!



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