Soul Centre.

There it sat

In the middle of my head,

That special gland,

That gland which controlled all emotions,

That gland where my soul lay.

The good and evil,

The positive and negative,

All held in that gland,

All held in my soul.

Then it happened,

It became diseased,

My soul was being destroyed.

But it could be cured,

I could have an operation,

Or die.


As I awakened

All had changed,

My evil thoughts had disappeared,

There was nothing negative in my life.

Life in all its glory was wonderful,

The disease had been removed,

And in that removal

All negative thoughts had gone.

I had been given a second chance,

A second chance at life,

And that life would be wonderful,

Despite all the ills that come my way.

I always find the bright side,

As I may not have,

A third chance at life.


  • orchidee

    Wow! Unless you were so appreciative for your second chance in life that you never quite saw life in the same way again.
    People with 'half a soul', maybe the negative half, can be found at church business meetings! There you will find that other 'half of your soul'.heehee.

    • Goldfinch60

      Thank you Orchi, yes I am certainly very appreciative of being given a second chance.

    • orchidee

      Lovely clip and song too - from early days, we remember. There's one of my 'twinges' again - a tear falls involuntarily - from MY soul? You've not 'gone' yet. You've poems to write, among many other good things!


      Thanks ANDY ~ A Wonderful example of "The Power of thinking POSITIVELY" and focusing on "That which is GOOD ~ AMEN" Thanks for your comment which I found helpful ! If only it were that simple for the rest of us ! A simple operation to accentuate the POSITIVE and eliminate the NEGATIVE ! I am grateful that GOD chose to make me an OPTIMIST and not a PESSIMIST ~ AMEN Louis' version of WONDERFUL WORLD (and the video) is a perfect compliment to your TESTIMONY ! Thanks for sharing & caring ~ Yours BRIAN ~ The Eternal Optimist ! Please check my poem ~ Thanks B !

      • Goldfinch60

        Thank you Brian, from personal experience I find that people find optimism so strange - you and I don’t,

      • Lorna

        (1) I am very glad you lived Andy! (2) Is this literal? Did you really become positive most/all of the time? Wow! (3) If so, you have found a (drastic) cure for depression! (4) If you became positive because they cut away half, aren't you glad they cut the right half - if they had cut the other side, would you have become severely depressed? So many questions! At the end of the day what counts is that you made it!

        • Goldfinch60

          1). Thank you Lorna
          2). I believe so, being given a second chance made me take my fairly positive mind to a new high.
          3). Not really, depression can be caused by many things and an operation would not necessarily cure it.
          4). They knew what they were doing, being given a second chance at life was the cure that worked.

          Yes I made it and will continue for eternity.

        • FineB

          Hi Goldfinch60,

          An incredible poem! Thank you!

          You must treasure life now more than ever after the experiences you have had.

          Thank you for sharing!

          Keep writing

          • Goldfinch60

            Thank you FineB, yes life is so precious and I value every moment.

          • onepauly

            did this really happen?

            • Goldfinch60

              Yes, I had a growth on my pituitary gland and was told that if I didn’t have an operation to remove it I would die. Having a second chance at life changed my thinking so that nothing now is bad. Life is precious and I value every moment.

              • onepauly

                here's to ya.
                today is Friday,
                my beer day. ha! ha!

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              • Laura🌻

                So happy you’re here writing all these wonderful poems!
                I cannot even imagine the feeling of knowing you could have died because of that growth! It is a gift being given a second chance to live. Now I really comprehend why you always see the light no matter what and telling us that the light is there...we just have to look for it if we don’t see it!
                A great write for an amazing read! A perfect Louis Armstrong song!
                So happy to have met you on MPS! You are an inspiration!


                • Goldfinch60

                  Thank you very much for your kind words Laura. IT'S A WONDERFUL WORLD.

                • Maxine Smith

                  Incredible and inspiring. Something that could be so dangerous was cured and left you with the best outlook of life possible.

                  I have my sad times, since my divorce after ten years and I still struggle the fact of being on my own.
                  Poetry certainly helps, I project my thoughts how I know I need to be. Constantly programming my mind to appreciate what I have, how to be better and to keep heading forward.

                  Reading such inspiring, positive poems such as yours truly hits home, it encourages me even more to never strop striving for happiness. It’s doesnt come easy always BUT that makes it all the more worth it when happiness is here, as it was fought for.

                  I love this piece very much Gold, it touched my soul deeply. Thank you.

                  • Goldfinch60

                    I am glad that you enjoyed it, happiness is there but sometimes it seems to hide itself but remember it may well be there around the next corner of your life.

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