Healing Through Writing

A friend recently posed a question on social media about writing and if it has helped heal or ever hurt you. I immediately thought about how healing writing poetry was for me in high school. It truly was a form of therapy. Being diagnosed with depression was scary. Living with depression was even more scary, as well as confusing and lonely. Writing poetry helped me make more sense of what I was going through. Being able to express how I felt and what I was living through brought comfort.

Writing, especially poetry, was based a lot on inspiration. I know some people who can sit down and just write a poem. I could only do it if inspiration came to me. One day the inspiration stopped. So I stopped writing for a long time, and it was incredibly painful. Years later, the inspiration started coming back to me, and in the last few years I have written a lot of poetry. Once again it has been therapeutic to me.

I’ve shared a lot of my poems here, but they never get many views and rarely any kind of response. Maybe people don’t like poetry. Maybe it’s because this isn’t a poetry-specific blog. I don’t know. What I do know is the sense of contentment and healing that has come with being able to express myself through poetry again. It may not be good or anything worthy of praise, but I write and share it for myself and anyone else who may have felt the same healing power through writing—or reading—poetry.

Dark Place
By Tacy Gibbons

Hiding out in the bathroom.
Shame, blame, not a game.
Don’t know how to face
the race of time
and the mountains that stand in the way.

Fear, tears.
Just wish I could disappear.
Don’t want to see
who’s looking back at me in the mirror.

Guilt, wilt.
Mom, c’mon, wife, life.
Can’t shake my own expectations.

Get up, get out.
Run all about.
The bathroom will be waiting another day.

2 thoughts on “Healing Through Writing

  1. I have a pretty active blog, conversation-wise, *except* when I write poetry. I don’t think a poem tends to lead to a conversation about the topic, which is what most of my comments are. Can writing hurt? In 2013, I started writing. I delved into everything that was bothering me. Anxiety, social anxiety, OCD, Tourette Syndrome, alcoholism, etc, etc. God was it painful. I think I’m mostly out the other side of the worm-hole now, and I’m glad I did it, but I’m not sure I’d do it again. If I knew what I was getting into, I would have never started.

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    • See, and for me, writing is a part of who I am. It’s the times I haven’t been able to write that have been painful.

      I love hearing others experiences and perspectives so thank you so much for commenting and sharing!

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