Choosing to write poetry
For me, writing has always been a way for me to connect with my feelings and to help express pain.
This is a poem that I wrote following a meeting with a psychiatrist who said that he believed I represented ‘the stuff of heroes and heroines’.
I found this difficult to accept or believe and wanted to remember it, as it was so poetic.
I went on to write the following for anyone that has felt like they had to hide their truth, their past, their trauma, or their illness. I hope this resonates with some.
Peace by Piece
You wouldn’t know it if you saw her – the stuff of heroes and heroines
In every step. In every smile.
Behind those eyes a war is raging.
This battle came with a life.
You wouldn’t know it if you heard her lilting song.
A voice of peace.
By piece she fights.
You wouldn’t know it if you joined her.
The dance she walks.
You wouldn’t know it if you sensed her – humanity in her plight.
This girl was sent to triumph Never to go softly into the night.