Writing poetry isn’t just an act in writing. Poetry is a balm for your soul. Just as neosporin helps to heal cuts and burns more quickly than just leaving a wound untreated, honest writing does the same for the soul.
Recently, I wrote a series of confessional poems about the stupid stuff I did when I was younger. The process of writing those words helped me to release some of the last bits of guilt, shame, and pent-up anger about things that happened more than 30 years ago. That process set me free of a few old demons. Balm.
Writing has also helped me to deal with injustices that were dealt upon me. I’ve learned to have less of a victim mentality, to forgive others, to let the past go. I wound up with a couple of books out of the process. Read my books.
It’s a balm, a healing ointment. Writing can serve as a form of self-therapy. Poetry is the most honest form of writing that I know. Seeing a therapist from time to time never hurts, but a little poetry balm can do wonders. – dse