One Poem by Paula Puolakka

Written in response to this month’s Special Challenge.

Two Worlds

The conscious mind
and the reality it creates
for you
are full of darkness:
all you can see is warfare.
The birds of prey
and the black wolves
are ready to devour the weak and
the innocent,
making the whole world look like
a cemetery.

However, in your heart
and your subconscious mind
you are still a child:
your private chamber is painted yellow,
the color of happiness and joy,
and the white dog
– the Alpha –
is there to protect you
from the forces of evil.

The two worlds can only be detected clearly
if you are willing to take the medicine:
to learn and to take in
those teachings
which are not trendy in your society.
The ingredient X
– the cure for every illness
you may experience –
will give you the powers of the black cat:
when your conscious mind starts to turn
yellow, too,
nobody can hurt you, baby,
your “nine lives” will make you tough
and almost “supernatural.”


Paula Puolakka is a Beat poet, writer, and MA (History of Science and Ideas). Her latest work can be found through Poetry Potion. In early fall, her work will be displayed through AQB and The Voices Project. In November, Puolakka will be judging a writing contest in Finland.

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