The Conscious Stream


Rampant ideas and tangential thoughts

Swirl and eddy in constant motion

Bordered by subconscious banks

That steer them as they pass by


Coursing around stones and rocks

Dug from unknown biases

Changing the direction of the flow

To find a less resistive path


Where pebbles of like and dislike

Lay strewn on glimmering bottom

Some seen just as clear as day

Others are ripples of misperception


The stream runs pristine at times

When the heart is given some say

But when fears muddy the waters

Those fears will cloud the mind


We cannot control the journey

Of things that dwell in our heads

But we can ensure the water is deep

Thus, unfouled by shallow judgements


Be mindful of the words that fall

On the mountain of your life

If they flow down unchecked

They become the ripples and waves


Without a calm surface to look through

We can never see who we truly are


14 Responses to “The Conscious Stream”
  1. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Deep thoughts which demonstrate a deep understanding of human nature and as well your artistic sensibilities and talent. A beautiful poem with thoughts such as:
    “We cannot control the journey
    Of things that dwell in our heads
    But we can ensure the water is deep
    Thus, unfouled by shallow judgements…”
    Great work my friend!

  2. beth says:

    Ah, we so need that calm at times to see. The rushing water and swirls tend to keep us moving without any chance to stop and really see. Great poem

  3. Wow, every line is so good!

  4. jonicaggiano says:

    A poem filled with great wisdom. If we want to make an impact it is better to say less and make sure it is worth saying, adding something of value to those who hear or read the words, otherwise better not to say anything at all. How lovely this wisdom is expressed Brad. Sending my love and prayers for an amazing and special week. Jonikins xoxoxoxo

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    The phrase, “we can’t see the forest through the trees,” comes to mind. I like pieces of prose that make me think, and this one accomplished that.

  6. Jim Borden says:

    wonderful poem, Brad. still waters run deep…

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