Healing Through Poetry

April is National Poetry Month. Poetry has played a significant role in my healing process. I spent many years discovering myself and learning how to heal. The things hurting me were not always clear. I wrote my first poem when I was 15 in 2002. Terrible does not describe those early poems, but I continued writing. Making sense of my emotions proved difficult. I didn’t understand myself completely. My childhood memories sat repressed in my mind making me feel and react to things. I never knew the cause until I began to heal.

As my trauma resurfaced, my poetry evolved. I had found my voice. After years of struggling with expressing myself, everything flowed with ease. In writing about my thoughts, fears, and anxieties, a blanket of burden lifted. I felt connected to those closest to me. I never felt connected to anyone. Poetry gave me the opportunity to understand my emotions and develop my thoughts. When I get an idea to write something, I often consider it as a poem first before other writing options. I don’t often have the money for therapy. Poetry acts as therapist to help me work through difficult problems.

I have a long way to go yet, but I’m confident that I’ll find my way to recovery. Writing poetry has kept me going for this long. I imaging I’ll write until I can’t type or lift a pen anymore. Everyone is different and I understand that writing poetry may not help others heal. I do encourage everyone to try. Especially during National Poetry Month. I wouldn’t call most of my poems great or inspiring. I have pride for creating something and I’d rather create than destroy. Creating something is what leads to healing. I recommend practicing an art form to anyone who struggles to heal.

Become a Patron!
Advertisements

2 Replies to “Healing Through Poetry”

  1. I love this, and very much relate to it. Your website is great, and publishing really positive content. I would be delighted to make a contribution to it if there is an opportunity to do so. Thanks for the follow and I hope you’re having a wonderful day 🙂

  2. I completely agree. I have been writing poetry since my teen years also and, like you, they weren’t always the best. It is, however, one of the most therapeutic things I have found to do. I find I can capture my emotions and express the things I don’t know how to say out loud in my poetry. I have recently even started sharing them on a new blog. Thanks for sharing this. Keep writing, man!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.