The Healing Power of Poetry

I have never been a song-writer, in spite of being a conservatory-trained musician. Believe me I’ve tried. Yet weaving words in the form of a poem has always been something that comes swiftly and easily, and brings so much emotional release. There is something so raw and powerful about the use of words in a poem, it is almost as if the lack of musical accompaniment accentuates and augments the emotion.

People who write poetry on a regular basis often find that it is a form of artistic journaling that helps calm the soul and ease the mind. Since I have begun making it a regular practice, along with meditation, journaling, and blogging, I see remarkable changes within my psyche. I don’t sweat the small things as much. Things like politics and the latest Facebook controversy fall by the wayside. It is as if releasing the emotion through poetry and journalism keeps the emotion from eating you up inside. I highly recommend it as a person who is affected by Bipolar Disorder. While not a replacement for a full treatment regimen, it certainly is a part of it.

Poetry does not have to be complicated and does not have to rhyme. It can be as simple as taking your journal entry/words and restructuring it. You can re-align the words to make it look aesthetically appealing. You can add pictures, graphics, and/or draw illustrations to emphasize your thoughts. Or you can find poems written by other artists that resonate with you, and add them to your journal entry to punctuate the emotion. Or try dancing, a physical form of poetry.

If you still find this difficult to do, buy books written by poets, especially local ones. Support your fellow artists. You can write alongside the poems, journaling how the actual poem relates to your life or about the emotion it inspires in you. Share poems that express ideas and thoughts that you can relate to on social media. The point is, there are multiple different ways to get in touch with the healing power of poetry, besides writing poetry yourself. You may be surprised, however, to find that if you try, you may have more talent than you know. Besides, it is not all about impressing everyone. It is simply about self-expression.

In summary, I thought it was fitting to end with a poem. It is written in memory of my brother. I hope you like it!

 

When You Wish Upon A Star

When you wish upon a star

Makes no difference who you are

Anything your heart desires

Will come to you

The Disney song is full of bliss

But this is not the way it is

I have wished and wished it’s true

For one more glance, for finding you

Of finding answers to the why

But all that’s given is a sigh

I have wished to turn back time

To keep you here, to keep you mine

I have wished to start again

To ask you to stay

And for answers within

I have read a cryptic note

To find the answers

In what you wrote

But it was vague

And you’re not here

I’ve wished and prayed

And faced my fears

Some day I will know

The answer to why

Until that time

I sit alone and cry

And wish and wish

Upon a star

I can’t see you

But you’re not far

So sweep a kiss

Upon my cheek

While I’m peaceful,

While I’m asleep

I’ll wake again

Without a fear

And caress my cheek

For you were near

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smoothsailing289

I am a wife, mother, RN, make-up artist, and musician, who also happens to have a mood disorder. Fortunately, I will not let the latter define me. I am also a survivor of suicide loss. This website is dedicated to my brother, Jefferson Joseph Blanton-Harris ("Joey"). This site is to share thoughts about beauty, fashion, and most of all, mental health. Because fabulousness starts with good mental health! ~"I only want to see you laughing in the Purple Rain" - Prince

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