My mind to me a kingdom is;
such present joys therein I find…
That it excels all other bliss
that earth affords or grows by kind:
Though much I want that most would have,
yet still my mind forbids to crave.
No princely pomp, no wealthy store…
no force to win the victory,
No wily wit to salve a sore…
No shape to feed a loving eye.
To none of these, I yield as thrall…
For why? my mind doth serve for all.
My mind to me a kingdom is
a place I know like home…
Where I can be myself and rest
from life’s perils safe and sound.
The music that comes from its wings
will soothe the deepest souls…
A treasured place of inner peace
where my heart can be repaired and whole.
(Soloman Lagoke and Geoff Stockton in collaboration)
14th February 2023