The Crab of Thought

Have you ever found your thoughts have some how slipped sideways from that really important topic you should be working on, to some frivolous or irrelevant thing? I have, often. It has taken me a while to work out what is going on, but here’s the answer.

The Crab of Thought

You’ll find me lurking in your mind,
I am the crab of thought.
I’ll make you think of what you want
And not of what you ought.

Your mind is busy on the maths
that you are being taught,
when suddenly, instead of sums
your head is full of sport.

That little drift? No need for thanks.
I am the crab of thought.

In history the teacher asks
‘When was that battle fought?’
But looking at your finger,
is that freckle now a wart?

The little side-steps in your brain?
I am the crab of thought.

It’s time for lunch, a salad, yes,
the nutty, beany sort.
You leave the till, but, oh, what’s this?
It’s chocolate that you’ve bought.

Another sideways nudge from me.
I am the crab of thought.

Don’t think that you’ll get rid of me,
I am the crab of thought.
I’ll make you think of what you want
And not of what you ought.

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