Having a bad day? Whether you’re mad at the tax man, sad, bummed out by too much rain, or anxious about an impending visit from your mother-in-law, poetry can be good therapy.
I’m the type to dwell on things that bother me. I don’t do it on purpose. Things that upset me just stick in my craw and won’t go away, nagging at the back of my mind loud enough to keep me distracted. One thing I’ve found that helps is to pull out the pen and paper and turn my feelings into a poem. It lets me get it out of my system, and sometimes leaves me with a decent little ode to my irritation. It’s also a good exercise for writers to experiment with new ways of expressing themselves.
Shadow Poetry is a website worth bookmarking for those with an interest in poetry. Their resources section has a comprehensive list of types of poetry, with descriptions and examples of each. Their ‘Handbook’ is an alphabetical list of literary terms, and they have a ‘Famous Poets’ sections. Anyway, it’s a terrific site for sparking ideas or brushing up on your poetry trivia.
Poems about sunny days and happy trips to the ice cream parlor are fine. I’m only suggesting that the next time you feel like your head is going to explode, try turning your rant into a few stanzas to help you blow off steam.