The Power of the Pen

poem by: Greg Woods
Written on Jan 03, 2014

When you're feeling lost and saddened,
when you feel you've lost the fight.
It's amazing how you get the urge,
to pick up your pen and write.

To write away your troubles,
that occupy the mind.
To take away those harmful fears,
the results of a daily grind.

I wonder how many people,
feeling in a state of distress.
Have written a suicide note,
when they could have written less.

They could have written down their troubles,
of past, present and future events.
And instead of turning anger upon themselves,
onto paper, their anger could vent.

Of who they hate or who they like,
of feelings of guilt from the past.
Of things they hadn't dare tell anyone,
free of this burden at last.

What a wonderful form of therapy,
has been this paper and pen for me.
To let go of guilt, grief and loneliness,
for the Lord can read also, you see.

After you've finished writing,
your troubles down today.
Read a few times what you've written,
and then put the book away.

If what you've written, makes you feel,
embarrassed or insecure.
Read it through, then throw it away,
or burn it, just to be sure.

You will be facing many of your problems,
and sharing them with the Lord.
You will be finding many solutions,
to problems usually ignored.

What a wonderful form of therapy,
for the families of today.
To write down all their troubles,
and then throw the things away.

Fuel for the Aussie barbecue,
as the family sits around.
All their troubles they would have shared,
without a word or a sound.

So if something you've done, rides you with guilt,
and no-one tell, you dare.
Write it down on paper,
and maybe say a prayer.

You may have lost your Mother,
Father or closest mate.
The person you used to confide in,
but its still not too late.

For even if you're on your own,
with no-one close who cares.
You can perform this little ritual,
and avoid the snickers and stares.

The pen and paper is a wonderful thing,
that can unlock the goodness in you.
You may even find you have a talent,
that you never, ever, knew.

But if you let it all build up,
and just write one fateful note.
Your loved ones will be heartbroken,
while your enemies may gloat.

So if you have some memories,
haunting and causing you strife.  
Write them down on paper,
and lighten up your life.

If upon completion,
the depression does not leave.
On another piece of paper,
write the goals you want to achieve.

It may be your goals just for the day,
the week, or for the year.
You'll be surprised how you reach those goals,
or get very, very near.

Yes the Pen and Paper is a wonderful thing,
if used in a genuine way.
A turning point in life,
HAVE A VERY NICE DAY.



NOTE: I WROTE THIS POEM 22 YEARS AGO, ALONG WITH MOST OF MY OTHERS.MY POEM FOLDER HAS SURVIVED CYCLONES, FLOODS,TRAVEL, STORAGE,AND GOD KNOWS WHAT ELSE, AND THEY SORT OF JUST HUNG AROUND WITH ME ALL THSE YEARS. I FELT THEY WERE PART OF ME BUT DID'NT REALLY KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THEM. I HOPE THEY ARE OF USE TO SOMEBODY.  
 

 

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Keith Sibanda commented:
Thanks for the captivating poem Woods.
Janet Vick commented:
This is the therapy I have used for years and it works. This flows smoothly, is full of wisdom and a joy to read. Janet
Peter Duggan commented:
Hi Greg, I really enjoyed this poem. Rhymed and flowed nicely, and the advice you gave I can totally relate to. Well done, my friend...Peter
Rachel Cartwright commented:
Awesome poem!! I totally agree! Writing it all down is a great form of therapy. Every time I write things down on paper, I feel so much better. I normally will write all the bad things that are getting to me on paper first, and then after that I will write down all the good things down. Also I have found it to be helpful when I can't sleep to write a list of everything that is on my mind on a list. Since it's on paper, I don't have to think about it anymore. Anyway, great job and also great job at the rhyming as well!
Mushobozi Baitani commented:
Great poem, I can easily relate, nice job
Daniel Voges commented:
As a disabled man I need a way to vent, I really like this poem, It hits home. Well done.
greg woods commented:
Thank you all very much for your nice comments on this poem, I've sent you all friend requests although I don't really know how it works yet.
Tony Anderson commented:
The pen has major power, great write
Frank byrne commented:
Love the poem.......poetry really is therapeutic......

 

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