For my Happy Now post I am going to talk about something that brings me joy, which is poetry. I generally write it or am inspired to write it about or for people I love.
Back in the day, during my “dark ages”, I tended to write about the pain I was in whether it be regarding my mental health or the particular relationship I was in. It’s like looking back on a different person when I read that poetry today.
I’ve always enjoyed poetry, it was in grade 5 that I discovered I wasn’t too shabby at it and went on to compile many poems (some make me cringe but I appreciate the creative side I was exploring at that early age)
Typically I don’t share my poetry aside from my immediate family, and husband. However, this year I have been really trying to do new things and take advantage of my stability – living a life now that a few years ago I felt would never come to pass. Stepping out with more confidence shall we say.
So, what does that all have to do with poetry?
Well, my dear readers I entered a contest a few weeks ago. This particular contest caters to entrants who live with a mental health challenge. That’s not to say that’s what you had to write about BUT that was the first thing that came to my mind. So that is exactly what I wrote about.
It was nerve wracking putting myself out for rejection, but you grow when you put yourself in situations that are out of your norm. So I entered.
I received the results back and I did not win or place. However, I do feel like I won. I did something I would have never dreamed of doing before and I grew because of it.
Rejection is a part of life. My family is kind and told me that I should have won. That’s one definite way to know they love me.
So today my dear friends I decided that I will be sharing the poem I entered in the contest.
I hope you enjoy it, and I’ll try to breathe a little more knowing it’s available for everyone in the world to see. But perhaps it will allow me to start sharing beyond my family.
I may not be the world’s greatest poet, but writing poetry enriches my soul and opens another door of self expression for which I am grateful.
I hope you enjoy!
The poem is called –
“Hello My Love”
Hello my love, she says to herself as she stares into the mirror.
Take courage as you face your day,
Remember there is nothing to fear.
The demons may come,
The demons may go,
But you must stay the course –
You just need to remind yourself that you are strong and use your inner voice.
The lows will come accordingly,
But so will the momentous highs,
You’ll find yourself in bottomless pits then upward into boundless skies.
You are all to familiar knowing that your bitter pain has a relentless companion-
It’s name is hypomania or mania depending on what happens.
These companions are always walking hand in hand,
A contradicting relationship that is at times hard to understand,
And as they walk together all you can do is follow cautiously behind,
Trying to avoid a scene that you will not be able to hide.
You need to face each one with conscientious restraint.
Never letting either consume you –
Constantly resisting to take the bait.
The bait of passion and chaos,
Giving in to emotions unbridled.
While everyone around you is unbeknownst to this battle, because of your charming smile.
That smile that exclaims composure and concealment as you try to find your pace.
A pace where you can breathe as you dip low then high in this mental race.
What does it mean to be free?
As you face each day with the pursuit to be stable.
You are strong,
You are enough and you are able –
Able to battle the battle, that others cannot comprehend.
Each day there is a new beginning yet each day there is no end.