A Need To Write Poems

It’s been a bad day,
For irrational anxiety,

As well as self-punishment,
Through muscular tension;

(I mean the nonsensical,
Tourettes/OCD thing);

And even as I was thinking over it,
Whilst walking through the supermarket,
I thought,
I’ve got to write a poem, when I get home,
β€”To digest all of it;

It really is true,
That pain and frustration,
Lead to rhythm and rhyme,
Without hesitation,

I wonder why that is?
Is it generally true?

For I remember, the one time,
I chose to read some poems,
β€”Got some books from the library,
One of which, by Keats,
β€”One of those ‘classics’,
But I couldn’t stomach it,

For besides being cryptic,
They were depressing as hell,
Nowhere a hint of light,
As far as I could tell!

Well that’s a sample size of one,
And, to be fair,
It could just be writing’s ability,
To turn your mood around.


11 thoughts on “A Need To Write Poems

    1. Thanks a lot πŸ™‚. It really has been a weird day full of head games!! πŸ˜†. Are you working at the moment?


      1. I actually meant ‘now’ in the wider sense, hahaβ€” in this current ‘epoch’. I remember you said you were a nurse, just weren’t sure if you had had to take a break from it, or something.

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  1. Robin, I know how writing poems is helpful to you but I was just curious about if you keep a journal.
    I find that writing in my journal daily is quite helpful to me as I can bare my soul there and it’s good to look back on my daily life as it progresses through loss and inspiration.
    I like to use paper and pencil and find it very good for me!
    Keep writing on here though as it seems good for your soul.

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  2. You know… when I’m in a really bad shape, I write poems too…
    I think I find some sort of structure in… “inside the tornado of chaos” ha!
    Maybe that’s why “That pain and frustration, Lead to rhythm and rhyme”

    And “is it generally true”: I found these two stories: https://oc87recoverydiaries.org/ocd-story/ and https://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2018/01/portrait-of-the-poet-with-ocd-and-pogo-stick

    Your poems are getting better and better πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

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    1. Wow! I really related to these two parts:

      “My OCD forces me to imagine every detail of a traumatic scenario, whether it be one I have witnessed or heard about”

      “I hadn’t thought about pogo sticks in years, but the act of letter writing loosened up my brain; made it more open to writing down this silly question. And that’s when I know I’ve done it. I’ve tricked my brain into opening up the fun writing part of itself, the unanxious, associative leap-y part”

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    2. That’s really interesting and cool that you write poems when feeling bad too! Hahaha! Nice use of my phrase 😁. Although it’s not really mine, originally, but a friend’s.

      Thank you so much for the compliment! πŸ€—πŸ’™

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