Written in anger and confusion

Should the feelings of guilt

outweigh those of resentment?

Is the fear of loneliness

worth more than fear of rage?

Is it wrong to long for simplicity

and abandon the search for contentment?

Is it right to write words of anger

on a blank, unforgiving page?


Is it wise to seek solace in poetry

when every act of writing

is seen as an act of selfishness

that can never, ever pay?

It’s not getting laundry folded

It isn’t for "The Family"

And it seems, word by word

to be taking you further away.


◄ I can't write today

Geneva airport ►


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Becky Who

Sat 18th Aug 2018 08:48

Thanks for all the lovely comments guys. It feels so nice having a community of sympathetic poets to turn to when I'm feeling ever so slightly sorry for myself...

Putting such emotions into words, and then self-imposing the discipline of making those words "work" better, more efficiently, more effectively, more poetically - it's very therapeutic. I think poetry has really helped my head in the last few years. Like any hobby though, it can impact family life it seems...

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Darren J Beaney

Sat 18th Aug 2018 08:05

i have found (indeed found that I wanted to write in the very first place) that writing my kind of poetry has done wonders for my thinking, sadness, anger and confusion. The best thing is that the page will not answer back and will take all that you throw at it, even better if you regret what you write you can erase it. Can't take back words said or shouted in anger...

Nice work Becky



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Taylor Crowshaw

Sat 18th Aug 2018 06:51

Hi Becky, I agree with everybody's comments. Our poetry is full of our emotions. It is a release. Take care. ? x

Tony Hill

Sat 18th Aug 2018 05:02

Becky, I have often thought there is a tension, perhaps a necessary tension, between poetry and the demands of the modern world, between the creative need to write poetry and the more prosaic aspects of our existence. It seems to me the writing of poetry demands some element of detachment from those responsibilities and chores that absorb so much of our time. Tony

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Don Matthews

Sat 18th Aug 2018 02:10

No need to apologise
Becky, please do share
Anger, guilt and loneliness
Yes, we all do care

As Brian rightly says
This site helps pressure go
Just write it down and share it
Feel pressure go on slow

Do not EVER risk
Posting something here
All are here to help you
And lend a listening ear

Poetry as therapy
We shouldn't go and share?
Where did you get this idea Beck?
Someone who didn't care?

Our WOL site would be empty
Full of nonsense, air
If 'motions, feelings, anger
Did not come out, and bare

I gotta end up Becky
Rhyming dirty linen
Throw 'em in the dirty box
Go ahead and bin 'em

That's relieved my flippancy
Frustration for today
See Beck, WOL'ers allow me
Whate're I want to say ?

Big Sal

Sat 18th Aug 2018 00:23

If it is read aloud, the poem has a pretty good rhythm to it. Did you do this as a slam piece?

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Brian Maryon

Sat 18th Aug 2018 00:07

Becky, this forum is a way of releasing pressure.

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Becky Who

Fri 17th Aug 2018 23:54

No you're not wrong Brian. Guilt and other things right now. But I was quite pleased about writing a rhyming poem in 5 minutes flat, and as it was about poetry I risked sharing it here. Apologies if that was the wrong thing to do. Perhaps poetry as therapy shouldn't be shared... But if it wasn't, I think this website would be much emptier. Rhyming dirty linen seems somehow more acceptable...? I can delete it.

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Brian Maryon

Fri 17th Aug 2018 23:44

Hi Becky. Like the poem.

I see it as you are using this forum as your confessional to voice feelings of guilt. (I've probably got it completely wrong...if so forgive me.)

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Becky Who

Fri 17th Aug 2018 23:41

Thanks Kate G. I'm sure things will be better in the morning. Funny how quickly the words came to me this time.

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Fri 17th Aug 2018 23:35

Wow. Lots of truth in this Becky. Wonderful. And hope you are okay.

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