Friday, March 7, 2008

Powerful Heart-Mind Poetry

If you are working through abuse issues you may find composing poems a God-sent blessing. Abuse causes disassociating, fragmenting, and blocking. Poetry, however, has a unique ability to connect the head and heart. I find it true whether I read poems or write them.

It doesn't matter whether you are a poet or not. All you need is a beating heart, a writing implement, and a willingness to risk putting words on the page. You can let the words that are shoved away in dark corners of your being bubble up and receive acknowledgment and acceptance. No one else need ever see your private thoughts and feelings. If you want, you can tear up your poems or burn them or bury them.

Or you can share them with other people who are sharing the same painful journey you are traveling. If you ever want to post a comment or a poem on this site: just click on comments and then write your comment and send it. I purposely set this site up so that you do not need to be a blogger to comment and you do not need to reveal your identity. Feel free to click anonymous if you want or to create a pen name for yourself. If you are in a place where revealing your identity helps heal the shame then you can choose to sign your comments. Do what is best for you.

Periodically, I will post a poem that has emerged from my healing process.

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