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This weeks prescription. Be a dog.

Updated: Aug 31, 2022

This week's prescription from William Seighart's poetry Pharmacy is poem by Mark Doty called Golden Retrievals.

This poem strikes a chord, addressing the failure to live in the moment and not over think. I overthink everything and that extreme over thinking only causes pain. Dirty pain.

There's an art to healthy thinking, especially if you have an illness like BPD and depression etc. I could go right on into one and right on into it right now, but that would be over thinking it. So I won't. The temptation to over analyse is always there.

Instead, I'll just share with you a poem by Mark Doty and William Sieghart's take on subject and their suggestions.


So there it is. Superb.

Relatable. I need to be less second arrow and more muck, pond, ditch, residue.

Be the Golden retriever, be the dog.



More about Mark Doty:

More about William Seighart and the book I stole (sourced) this from:

This book. It's really helped me through some shitty bad ass days.


I even did some art.

I don't draw dogs or at least I've never really tried all that hard too, but this worked. Drawn in pencil and ink copying from a photograph and then scanned in and I carried on with it on an almost retro 2001 digital drawing pad thing that plugs in to the PC.

Did the job though. I got lost in it, like a dog gets lost in rolling around in the mud.


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