Happy Poetry Friday!
Our small world has gotten much smaller and much scarier over the last few months. Coping and taking care of ourselves and those close to us are very important. Along with this are ways to relieve stress. My acrostic poem and art this week are attempts to do that.
RELIEVING ANXIETY for ages 0–100+
Restlessness finds us all these days, reaching
Everyone all around our small world…
Leaving us with levels of anxious unknowns, that creep
Instantly inside and sometimes erupt–But, let’s
Exchange these overpowering emotions with
Virtuous humane values–cause we are human, and maybe they’ll
Include love, truth, compassion, empathy, and justice–maybe a few lighter ones too…
Now you add a few of your own, or maybe think about how you might
Generate one of these values in a drawing, or a poem, or
A song you like, that’s just right–or think about a
Nice thought that brings you delight, or a new thought like a
Xerus… A cirrus? No, not a cloud, a very social ground squirrel from S Africa, that’s
Imagining you imagining it, imagining you, as you
Exhale all your anxiousness out and inhale light, airy, fluffy,
Thoughts, that take you to a special place filled with
Yakity-yak, yippy-yappy, slightly silly, caring feelings…
© 2020 Michelle Kogan
As my Xerus squirrel friend is from S Africa, I thought I’d take you on a little Safari with some music from Hatari–Enjoy!
Matt Forrest Esenwine at his blog Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme is hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup this week, Thanks Matt! He’s participating in this months Madness Poetry competition, and perhaps he’ll share a bit more about it– So…be sure to stop by his blog for lots of poetry goodness!
Stay well, keep washing your hands, and do some things that make you happy!
P.S. I’m up next week with the roundup to welcome Spring…
And maybe some women poets too…
Visit Renée LaTulippe’s site No Water River to find out more about what Poetry Friday is.