Welcome back friend! As promised here is another installment of creative writing for May’s mental health month. These creative writings are a mental health coping strategy; my way of aiding you and me to effectively process mental health. Oh, and if you are new here, welcome home! You haven’t missed anything that can’t be caught up on. 😉
As I stated in my previous post, I find it difficult to effectively manage stress and/or my emotions at times. A good self-care routine is important for this very reason. And I have lots of aids in my toolbox of self-care: exercise, therapy, yoga, sleep, quiet time, etc.. But sometimes. . . . after all of those tools have been exhausted I still have difficulty gathering my feelings into the right words. And if you’re number 6 like me (I’m talking Enneagram here) then you NEED to know the right words to describe how you are feeling. This is typically when inspiration strikes and I grab my pen and paper (or lets be honest…it’s usually a phone! LOL!) and words begin pouring out of my fingertips. Five to ten minutes later, I have a new piece of poetry and my shoulders feel lighter and my head is clearer.
If you aren’t quite comfortable writing, no worries! Read through this series and have a little quiet time. You might just walk away feeling lighter.
Burning Solstice I can see sparks trying to take flight Each faint glimmer reaching And stretching towards life They've been drowning for so long If they could ony take just one drink of oxygen Wait Now they've banded together Each spark fighting more and more Reaching together Trying to break through Finally Air I can feel a warmth starting to come over me The sparks have grown into a small fire Ever so gently thawing the cold earth But still fighting for more air I feed the fire Giving it more room to breathe Feeding each flame Allowing it to grow and explore The flames are getting higher Stronger I feel it growing hotter If I leave it alone there will be nothing left But a scorched earth I try to fight it as it tries to take over The fire is burning Flames trying so much harder To reach the sky I have to contain it Everything has to stay the same The fire could ruin it all I know new beginnings grow from the ashes But what if they don't Hurry The flames are spreading like wildfire Extinguish The Earth can take no more The sky is suffocating And finally Relief The rain comes and drowns the fire Flame by flame Quickly it dies Is it really dead Will the ashes turn cold and grey The embers finally fade Stillness But wait A single glint among the ashes
So I’m glad you came and I hope this series helps put words to your feelings or helps you better understand some stresses you may be going through. Of course, I have my own emotions and thoughts that come up when I go back and read some of the pieces I’ve written.
For instance, “Burning Solstice” was written to describe the internal battle I have to pursue a passion/hobby and the head-space that I often get in that feeds me failure and disappointment.
You may feel something completely different and that’s okay, too! The goal here is to share in the effort that the next person can relate or put to words his or her own struggles.