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Beware My Distant Influence ~ a Poem From a Photo Prompt

John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.

The license:  Alexey Derevtsov CC BY-SA 2.0, via Unsplash

The license: Alexey Derevtsov CC BY-SA 2.0, via Unsplash

Photo Prompt as Inspiration

I have been feeling a bit restless today, desperately wanting to write something but having trouble deciding on a theme or topic. Then I remembered that my friend and fellow writer, Misbah Sheikh, had recently provided me with a photo prompt and asked me to write a poem based on it and the topic "Distant Influence."

I admit, that until reading Misbah's own article "What Is Distant Influence?" I had never even heard of the term. Anyway, I found it quite an interesting subject, and what better way to solve my problem of what to write. I could have saved it for the next Poems From the Porch, but I didn't want to. I already have enough suggestions for the next edition anyway.

I hope you like my poem. Oh, and by the way, the "I" and "Me" in the poem is not least I don't think so.

Reading an old article of mine. I saw a picture that I posted a couple of months ago. I used that picture in an article called "What is Distant Influence?"

I wish if you could write a poem on this subject while sitting on the porch with your cats... Lol... I wouldn't call that a challenge because I have confidence in you. I know you can do it. So it's a humble request. I will be waiting to see your response.

— Misbah Sheikh

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Beware My Distant Influence

I focus all my energy

On feeding your mind lies.

Even though I’m far away

I look deep into your eyes.

I concentrate on words you write,

The photo on your page.

What distant influence I have,

You’re a canary in my cage.

My thoughts trespass into your room,

No walls can keep me out.

As I invade your private space,

Violating you, no doubt.

You doubt your mixed-up, troubled thoughts

And scratch your head, confused.

Even though you’re all alone,

You feel like you’ve been used.

The only way to free yourself

From my influence over you,

Is to close all your online accounts

That I have access to.

There’s no law banning what I do,

It’s just the power I wield

To make you bow to my commands-

When I think “kneel” - you kneel.

For I’m the king of mind control.

I’m the spider, you’re the fly.

But, the distant influence I have

Can be broken - if you try.

Image by Okan Caliskan from Pixabay

Image by Okan Caliskan from Pixabay

Studies on Distant Mental Influence

As distant mental influence appears to contradict our ordinary sense of reality and the laws of conventional science, several ideas have been proposed to explain the observed effects; they include sceptical, signal transfer, field, multidimensional space/time and quantum mechanics hypotheses. In conclusion, as the progress of physics continues to expand our comprehension of reality, a rational explanation for distant mind-matter interaction will emerge and, as history has shown repeatedly, the supernatural events will evolve into paranormal and then, into normal ones, as the scientific frontiers expand.

To read more on this visit: National Library of Medicine: [Distant mental influence on living organisms] - PubMed (

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