Tools tools tools. ULT love mental health management tools and poetry is a fantastic one for those who are creative and emotionally expressive.
Using poetry to exorcise trapped negativity… Have you seen the range of poetry that exists in the world? Some so dark and twisted your skin crawls and others so romantically beautiful your heart flutters. Some poems set scenes, others explore themes, many are memories, but every single one of them is a truth spoken from the authors core. Based on what they have seen, come to believe, have experienced, or yearn for, authors write in a variety of ways to capture the essence of their feeling.
There are many different types of poetry. It’s a very free creative art style and while rules vary, poetry can be written with none. Imagine poetry like lyrics. Some rhyme and fit strongly into a set of preexisting rules to fit category. Others do not rhyme or follow sylabic patterns at all.
There’s disaster in your past
Boundaries in your path
What you desire will lift you higher
You don’t have to be extraordinary just forgiving
Of those who never heard your cries
You shall rise
You shall rise
And look towards the skies
Where others fail you’ll prevail in time
You shall rise… Mattafix, Living Darfur
This is Walt Whitmans Song Of Myself. It is a poem I absolutely adore which is written free verse. Below I have copied a snipped part of section 2.
Have you reckon’d a thousand acres much? have you reckon’d the earth much?
Have you practis’d so long to learn to read?
Have you felt so proud to get at the meaning of poems? Stop this day and night with me and you shall possess the origin of all poems,
You shall possess the good of the earth and sun, (there are millions of suns left,)
You shall no longer take things at second or third hand, nor look through the eyes of the dead, nor feed on the spectres in books,
You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things from me,
You shall listen to all sides and filter them from your self.
Once you find the style that’s right for you, purge the feelings until the worst is on the page and then walk away.
The reason poetic vomiting is so good for you, is because often it is written in a fairly short amount of time and can use metaphors easily for sincere expression of big and extreme emotions that it can be difficult to define.
Poetic vomiting can be used to capture happy and beautiful moments too. Try to remember to give positive spin when the good energy and happy experiences are available… Although, there is a reason that poets are framed for being whimsical, brooding, romantic, and often in a state of longing.
Drop links to your poetry below. ULT may just feature it down the line. Wink.