“Read when you can’t think straight” by Corey Davis

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Note from the moderator: Once again, we here at the BSU encourage our students to utilize all their strengths and talents for the glory of God.  With that in mind, please enjoy this poem written by one of our own.


Romans 12:2 – “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing, and perfect will.”

Read When You Can’t Think Straight

Me, within  

Going down, steep dive, systems failing, prepare to crash

A secret struggle, because nobody below ducks

They can’t see the reels that wriggle tangled inside my head

The wires consistently crossing

The audio strobing out, roaring like wind and languaging like logic

Malfunctions of a technological basket case

A cognitive flop grasping at the air for anything that sounds wise

Intellectual engine fire feeding flames with fallacies

Brain-dead talking head, teeth marks chiseling into my skull

I don’t even know what’s right anymore


You, within me

Rotors go quiet, turbines sail smooth, propelled

One voice

You sift one fingertip into the mess and all threads go taut

All stinging certitudes crumble into simplicity

All thoughts straighten, without creases

Releasing from You and returning to You full-circle

And I’m thinking the things that You do

Grace flushing neuropathways, love flexing synapses awake

Truth salving the soreness of the canals that those wicked words dug in my brain

Rerouted, I get it again

Sanity is You


Corey Davis is a sophomore English major from Clinton, MS.  She is a part of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and is co-leader of the BSU Drama Team.  She enjoys having great ideas and then going after them.  Also, she likes avocados. 

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