by Graham Mummery
Poems to make you laugh and think
Meeting My Inners
by Graham Mummery
On the beach, I laughed, clapped my hands at the in-coming tide.
My inner psychologist spoke: "See, your inner child."
I lay back on the sand, communed with the waves: "Man, what a beautiful world!"
My inner hippy tuned in and dropped out.
I slipped off my costume, felt the caress of sun and breeze on skin:
my inner naturist's first unveiling.
My inner film-director was passing, asked if I'd repeat this feat in his next movie.
My inner actor was outraged: "I only take my kit off when it's strictly necessary for the role."
But my inner porn-star was aroused: "There are positions we've never tried."
I left the beach thinking all this over, went for dinner at a taverna.
Mousaka, roasted goat, wine, ouzo... more ouzo, before
Zorba, my inner Greek danced into the early hours.
Maybe, my inner guardian carried me home. The next thing I remember is
my inner evangelist thundering: "Sins of the flesh."
While my inner shaman drummed incessantly on my temples,
summoning bigger crowds out. We were talking geography!
My inner explorer peered out from behind an exotic plant,
offering to navigate me across continents to meet everyone.
I was wondering how we'd all stay in touch.Graham Mummery
The poem above is the title poem in Meeting My Inners
. The thread behind the poems in this book is a modern journey towards psychological and spiritual wholeness in a world where inner and outer aspects sometimes seem separated.
By turns reflective, comical and even sometimes surreal the poems look at the various inner selves (the "inners" in the title) we have who are sometimes in conflict with what we perceive ourselves to be.
In them we meet many figures be they from the poet's imagination as well as popular culture and art.
There is a singing sunflower, a talking stag and gods in the form of diseases.
There are others that mirror childhood memories of growing up in England in the nineteen sixties and seventies alongside portraits of childhood heroes including Jung, Einstein and the Men From UNCLE that look at the role they played in the poet's development.
There are also poems reflecting wryly on aspects of reality and dreaming.
The final poem connects with the cover painting, "the Bear at the Tree of Lights" by Swiss Artist Peter Birkhauser. The bear lifts his head and roars like the poems inside.
"Meeting My Inners" is Graham Mummery's first full collection of poems. His poems have been described by Moniza Alvi as imbued with "wit and seriousness," and hopefully will make readers both laugh and think. Find the book at your local Amazon Store tags: psychology poems