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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 me..at 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 (nih.gov)

© 2021 John Hansen


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 14, 2021:

Hi Mary, yes it is certainly a fascinating field of study, even if slightly disturbing. I am sure there can be many positives if used correctly.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 14, 2021:

The idea of distant mental influence has fascinated me and I try to learn much about it. Science is now closing in on it that we are now finding articles on this. I think your poem captures much of it.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 14, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada, yes this is a very interesting concept. I am sure it will be the subject of ongoing studies. Thank you for reading and commenting.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 14, 2021:

An interesting photo prompt, and an excellent response.

Thanks to Misbah, and thank you for your creativity, for introducing this phenomenon to the readers.

I believe, that anything is possible. There are unlimited possibilities, and basically every concept or theory is interdependent. We may not be able to see or feel certain things, but they do exist.

Thank you for sharing this wonderful post.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 13, 2021:

Vidya, thank you for reading and for your interesting point of view. Machines and algorithms indeed. Anything is becoming possible.

VIDYA D SAGAR on June 13, 2021:

A wonderful response to Misbah's photo challenge, John. It is a fascinating poem. Though I had never heard of this concept, it seems to be a near possibility. When there is a chance of machines and algorithms taking over the human race, distant influence can become a reality.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 13, 2021:

Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts, Mel. I think it is a very real possibility that others could invade or influence our dreams by thinking about us, especially collectively. It is an eerie thought I admit.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on June 13, 2021:

Yeah, I'm one of those who believes that science, which has already verified dimensions beyond the three we occupy physically, will someday explain paranormal phenomenon, perhaps even religion (I clutch my rosary beads as I say this), as contact with interdimensional entities intruding upon our own. Lately I have been wondering about dreams too, thinking maybe there is some kind of "distance influence" taking place within them. I always seem to dream about the same limited group of people, many of which are not related to me, or I am not even particularly close to as friends. It makes me wonder if there are people thinking about me out there, and I somehow connect to that thinking in my sleep.

Anyhow, a very catchy poem, eerie and enthralling, containing some good food for thought.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 10, 2021:

Hello Linda, yes I agree it is a scary thought but also a very real possibility or phenomena. Thank you for your comment.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 10, 2021:

You’ve created a very interesting poem, John. The distance influence that you describe is a scary thought!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 10, 2021:

I agree, Vanita. This is now very relevant so, as you, I hope that the positive outweighs the negative influences. Thanks for reading.

Vanita Thakkar on June 10, 2021:

Interesting topic and poem, John. Very relevant as well. I had not heard about this concept / phenomenon, but it definitely seems to be relevant and prevalent.

Let us hope, wish and pray, positive “Distant Influences” overweigh and outwit all troublesome ones everywhere.

Thanks for sharing this informative and useful article.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 10, 2021:

Hi Kyler, it is great to get a comment from you. I have been writing a lot recently so it is strange this is the first that has appeared on your feed for awhile..but strange things happen here at times.

Yes, I think this would be the same concept as used in those “group think” experiments trying to use collective mind power to influence an outcome. I appreciate your comment as always.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 10, 2021:

Yes, Peg, the Internet is the perfect catalyst for distant influence. It certainly can be used for both good and evil. I am glad you felt I successfully met the challenge.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 10, 2021:

Hello Shauna. I am getting some interesting adjectives to describe this poem..”creepy” and “spooky” but it is an interesting topic and I am glad you want to explore it further. Thank you for reading as always.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 10, 2021:

Hi Linda, yes, even I agree it was a bit creepy, but had fun writing it on a subject a little different to the norm.

Kyler J Falk from California on June 10, 2021:

This reminds me of the "group think" experiments they once did in Washington(?), where they organized a group of people to think about reduced crime rates and the crime rates actually began dropping. Perhaps this is the same type of concept they were trying to study, or enact.

Been a while since you popped up in my feed, John, and I was not disappointed; though, I think you have yet to disappoint me anyways!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 10, 2021:

What a spooky poem, but you nicely met Misbah's photo challenge. Distant influence is even easier these days with the Internet connections we all have. It can work for good or evil.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 10, 2021:

Oops. Typo, but I can't fix it from the feed page. Curiosity.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 10, 2021:

This is an interesting topic, John. I think many of are aware of the concept but never gave it a name. I'll have to look further into it in order to get a better understanding.

Your poem is spooky - well composed, but spooky nonetheless.

Thanks for piquing my curiousity.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on June 10, 2021:

Wow, John, you nailed it with this one. I had not heard the expression "distant influence." Actually, your poem was more than a bit creepy.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 10, 2021:

Hello Devika. Thank you for your comment. Yes this does seem to be an ever increasing phenomena.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 10, 2021:

Jodah You used your great imagination in this poem. I think you have taken on this challenge with an open mind about Distance influence. It is becoming known to us and more and more each day.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 10, 2021:

It is always great to get your comments, Bill. Yes, distant influence is probably more prevalent now than ever before. Take care.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 10, 2021:

Hi Brittany, i am glad you feel this powerful and relevant enough to share on your social media page. I hope it prove helpful to others.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 10, 2021:

A very timely topic for today's world. I suspect quite a bit of this is happening through our airwaves and over the internet. You took the challenge and ran with it. Well done, and I'm glad you found your inspiration. Your talent is too good to remain dormant for very long.

Brittany Benko from South Carolina on June 10, 2021:

Powerful poem. I think so many people are influenced/controlled by the media today. I myself try to limit how much I'm on and what I follow. It's so important to think for yourself regardless of what others tell you. I'm going to share this on my social media page in hopes that others will gain some thought process on how easy it is for others to get inside one's head.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 10, 2021:

Hi Rawan, I appreciate your kind comment.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 10, 2021:

Thanks for reading, Umesh.

Rawan Osama from Egypt on June 10, 2021:

Amazing poem , i enjoyed it!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on June 10, 2021:

Very well composed.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 10, 2021:

Thank you so much for reading this poem, Srushti. Your comment is very encouraging.

Srushti Gamit on June 10, 2021:

what a magical poetry John. I really enjoyed it.

Thanks for sharing this powerfu piece.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 10, 2021:

A new term to me as well, Flourish, but yes it is very relevant and is becoming very common. I'm glad it made you think. Thanks for reading.

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 10, 2021:

This is very relevant to what is going on in the world today! I have never heard the term but enjoyed your creative energy. It made me think.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 10, 2021:

What can I say, Misbah. Your comment blew me away. I am very pleased that you liked what I came up with for your photo prompt.

I do know a couple of people who have been through "distant influence" and it is becoming quite common I think. Thanks again my friend.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 10, 2021:

Hi Pamela, yes in today's world with the Internet and video chat etc I think this distant influence has become a lot more common. Thank you for reading and I am glad you found the poem interesting and unique.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on June 10, 2021:

You have captured it magnificently, John. A great poem on my photo prompt. You have truly honored me and I thank you, my friend. Like Rosina said she was under someone's influence. I also admit that I was, too. Yes, we have self-control and we can help ourselves if we wish to. I have lived under that influence for more than six years. No joke!! It happens, science says it can affect someone from far away. I would say it can affect us overseas. You captured the topic in the most amazing way. It's not always dark, or bad nor did I find anything like that in your poem.

Have you ever experienced that if any loved one of yours, somewhere far gets hurt and you feel like something is wrong, I should ask them? No more different than the mental distant influence.

Such influences sometimes don't let us concentrate on our daily tasks. They can convey their ideas to you even from a far distance like in a telepathic connection.

Mr. Happy's comment made me laugh. According to him, it crosses boundaries one should not cross... Lol. Maybe

John, Once again thank you so much. The ending of the poem is marvelous.

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

So true, we can beak that influence only if we wish to and if we use our mind power to get over it. Thank you so much for the link to my article.

You really surprised me today and it's a great treat for me. You made my day, dear friend. God Bless you and keep you healthy, happy and safe now and always. Amen!!

Blessings always...

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 10, 2021:

Your poem is unique and very interesting, John. You certainly met Misbah's challenge with this article. I don't think I am not a victim of this influence. LOL In today's world I wonder about some influences.

I really enjoyed reading your poem, and I think this topic is quite interesting.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 10, 2021:

Hello Rosina. Normally I would say it is good that you can relate to this poem, but in this case that is a little disturbing. I am sorry to hear you went through something similar but I look forward to reading about it in a future story. Take care.

Rosina S Khan on June 10, 2021:

This is really an interesting poem, John. I am familiar with Distant Influence and in fact, I am a victim of it and many of the things you mention in your poem are applicable to me. I cannot reveal further but I may talk about it in a future hub through a story. LOL!

Thank you for your intriguing poetry in response to Misbah's request.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 09, 2021:

Thank you for reading this poem, Mr. Happy. I agree this is quite dark, or at least can be, and that is the direction I took with the poem. It may not be what Misbah had in mind, but it is just my interpretation.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on June 09, 2021:

Very interesting topic! I enjoyed your poem too. I have never heard of this terminology before. To me, it sounds like psychic sort of stuff but a bit darker perhaps (like your poem).

Influencing people's thoughts from a distance and not by giving them a book to read, is not something I recommend. Sorcerers can do that but it is not pretty, to say the least and it crosses boundaries one should not cross, in my opinion.

Thanks for the read - cheers!

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