Adventures in Brain Fog

Drawing: person disappearing into fog in a forest. Caption reads: “My thoughts and memories are somewhere in the mist.”
Adventures in Brain Fog poem by Iris Carden

The day I lost my mind
was like any other day.
Except my thoughts just wandered,
and then they stayed away.

Now my short-term memory
isn’t what it ought…
I don’t know what I was saying
I guess I just forgot.

Sometimes I lose focus,
and thinking’s a hard slog.
It’s cognitive dysfunction,
or commonly, brain fog.

My thoughts and memories
are somewhere in the mist.
If there’s things I must remember,
I’ll have to write them on a list.

I have to write a note,
If I have something to do,
Otherwise I’ll forget,
where, when or with who.

At times my mind visits,
comes back from holiday.
I try to make the most of it.
I’ve learned that it won’t stay.

So I write when I’m able
and do what else I can, too,
because when my mind goes fuzzy,
there’s not much I can do.

Here’s to cognitive dysfunction.
Why am I in the kitchen now?
Did I take my pills this morning?
I guess, I’ll get by, somehow

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By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.


  1. Wonderful poem! This happens every day to me …. I think!

    The other day my husband and I were in the doctor’s office. We started talking about the weather changing so quickly and how I needed one or two medium-weight jackets. In mid-sentence I fogged over and couldn’t think of the words “medium-weight”. I froze, a perplexed look on my face. Why did this have to happen while in conversation with my doctor?!

    Strangely enough, she seemed oblivious. It may be time to look for another doctor! 😂

    Oh, I think I may have the workings of a little story here!

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  2. I liken my brain to a computer at times that randomly dumps files it deems old or irrelevant. Unfortunately it has NO idea what is important or not! Eloquently stated, Iris! 💞

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