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I loved you so much; You were all I had; Now my whole world Is depressing and sad. I'd like to start feeling Other than blue, But you were my everything, What can I do? Is This What Love Is? Is this all we have together? Is this what love really is, Yelling through a quarrel And making up with a kiss? Why can't we get along? Why do we have to fight? We starve true love by day And feed lust all through the night. I wish we'd settle down; I wonder where peace went. Why do we pick at each other; Why can't we be content? If this is what love is, If tenderness has flown, I'm thinking more and more, It's better to be alone.
Sad love poetry can describe an ongoing, unsatisfactory relationship, as this short sad love poem does. Is It Enough? When we converse, it's just surface stuff; We say some words, but is it enough? We get along; we rarely fight, But where is the spark, the joy, the delight? We're settled into the same routine; Sometimes I'd like to flee this scene. Everything's easy; we don't have it rough, But sometimes I wonder: Is it enough? We have SIX pages of love poems, this page and the following five others. Love Poems. Short Love Poems. Anniversary Love Poems. Birthday Love Poems.
I walk around in a daze Just as life begins to clear, I gasp aloud at the realization, you're not here; you never will be again. I wilt like a waterlily in the desert. You're still my ideal; My love never dies, But it cuts to the bone-- What I see in your eyes. Sometimes I wanted to sleep.
Sometimes I wanted to hide. I was overwhelmed. I was envious of people. The humor we shared wasn't about jokes. It was about being silly. You can't be silly with just anyone. It's a real loss. I knew the minute he died. It was like he shrunk into his body. The soul may linger for a while, But it didn't linger in that body. What was left was left in our hearts, not in the bed. I came up with this amazing idea That everything now is surreal, And the surreal is the new reality. I just thought of something wonderful. No matter how long we were together, There was always more. I wrote a poem. Here are a few lines.
Nothing of love is ever lost. You take each other in. The poetry and brain cancer project also produced poetry that presented a different sort of perspective. The first question most brain cancer patients ask is, How long do I have to live? I'll tell you how to Figure it out. First, think of a number. Any number. Now, this is where it gets a little tricky … Add the number of your surviving relatives Immediate family only please. Divide by your estimated percentage hair loss. Subtract one quarter of the number of seizures per month. Multiply by the amount of times you cry.
Divide by the amount of times you want to cry. Add the number of people in your email support group. Add twice the number of medications taken daily. There you have it. An accurate and realistic assessment of your life expectancy. We call it median mortality.
In a soon-to-be published paper, Jack Coulehan and Patrick Clary, Journal of Palliative Medicine in press write about the need for professionals who work in palliative care to be able to process their own experience, specifically using poetry. John Fox writes of this need amongst hospice care givers to find their own voices in the work they do 23 , Gregory Gross discusses the need to deconstruct death from his Scientific Medicalization to a more poetic remystification of the process of dying The Man With a Hole in His Face 31 by Jack Coulehan is a dramatic example of a physician trying to come to grips with his own reactions to the reality of this patient.
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He has the lower part, a crescent of face on the right, and an eye that sits precipitously beside the moist hole where the rest of his face was. The hole is stuffed with curls of gauze. His nurse comes before dawn, at the moment the eye fears for its balance, and fills the wound, sculpting a tortured landscape of pack ice.
The man's eye does not close because any blink is death, nor does the eye rest in mine when I ask the questions he is weary of answering. While I wait here quietly in arctic waste, the pack ice cracks with terrifying songs and over the moist hole where the rest of his face was, he rises. This man is the man in the moon.
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Most of the experimental evidence as to the efficacy of Poetry Therapy comes through the literature on expressive writing. The seminal researcher in the field of the therapeutic uses of expressive writing is James Pennebaker 32 , Pennebaker has shown that the use of expressive writing for as little as 15 min over 4 days has positive health effects as measured by visits to physicians and a diminution of symptom complaints.
His original work deals with the use of expressive writing to heal wounds from traumatic stressful events. Pennebaker's argument and the evidence for the efficacy of expressive writing is well stated in his most recent book Writing to Heal: A Guided Journal for Recovering from Trauma and Emotional Upheaval In it he summarizes his argument for the therapeutic effects of expressive writing on the immune system 34 ; medical health markers with asthma, cancer, and arthritis patients 35 ; and decreased physiological stress indicators in the form of lower muscle tension, drops in perspiration levels, and lower blood pressure and heart rate levels.
Findings from numerous experiments have suggested that writing exercises can give a whole array of health benefits including reductions in emotional and physical health complaints 37 , 41 , 42 , and enhanced social relationships and role functioning On the other hand not all investigators have found positive effects using writing, and not all people who wrote showed positive benefits Some writers have shown skepticism It presents cutting edge theory and research, and points students and scientist to new avenues of investigation.
It also presents how clinicians are beginning to translate basic research into practical applications. The book is divided into four sections: 1. Overall, the research on poetry therapy in general and expressive writing in particular is promising. I hope you've enjoyed the ride. If you've gotten this far, you've certainly had some kind of experience. You may or may not understand it, but ask yourself whether you have a better sense of being in the dialogue on illness, death and dying.
How do you already use your capacities for poetic expression in working through these questions? If on the other hand, you just skipped directly to this conclusion, here's something for you too. What I want is not words But where words come from The space within breath That calls out our tongue. According to the NAPT, the definition of Poetry Therapy is the intentional use of the written and spoken word to facilitate healing, growth and transformation.
The NAPT has been in existence since It's predecessor was The National Association for Bibliotherapy. Twenty-five percent of the members are mental health providers psychologists, social workers, family counselors, etc. Please refer to the web site for details. National Center for Biotechnology Information , U. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. Robert Carroll. Author information Article notes Copyright and License information Disclaimer. E-mail: ten. Published by Oxford University Press.
All rights reserved. This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Abstract My purpose in this paper is to help you experience for yourself the potential of poetry to heal by feeling its power through your own voice. Keywords: poetry therapy, poetry and healing, voice and healing, poetry and medicine. Introduction My purpose in this paper is to help you experience for yourself the potential of poetry to heal by experiencing the power of poetry through your own voice.
Poetry as a Natural Healing Practice Many people have an intuitive sense that voice in general and poetry in particular can be healing. One patient reported his dilemma following brain surgery to remove his cancer, I felt I lost my edge and then I lost my place but the tragedy is I have so much to say. Amazing Change We can go through amazing changes when we are faced with knowing we have limited time.
Poetry and Therapy In my private practice of family psychiatry, I often ask whether my patients do any writing and for what purpose. The first words he wrote were 19 : I am tired. Eileen Eileen has breast cancer. Being the Stone I want to be the stone and tell how she held me in the palm of her hand rolled me between her fingers slipped me into her mouth tasted my salt tumbled me around. MeFather I rose in his wake. What Waiting Is We sit on the bench in the hospital corridor next to the cafeteria, and we wait. The Family Plot I dig the earth with my hands, claw stones with my nails, sift ash through my fingers— bone and tooth fragments burned out by morning spread on the ground.
A Note On Healing In Chinese, the written character for poem is composed of two characters, one means word and the other means temple. Poetry and Palliative Care The healing concerns of palliative care do not reside only with the patients. The Proof in the Pudding When last I left my friend Ruth Ellen, the surgery to remove the frontal bone left her with a step on her forehead.
The i in Poetry When I sat at my friend's side while she was dying and we wrote words like snow and shed wings, I was witness and scribe. Cherish My father is scheduled for surgery tomorrow. The Legacy I felt frozen at first. Median Mortality The first question most brain cancer patients ask is, How long do I have to live?
Finding the Words to Say It: The Healing Power of Poetry
The Man With a Hole in His Face He has the lower part, a crescent of face on the right, and an eye that sits precipitously beside the moist hole where the rest of his face was. The Experimental Evidence Most of the experimental evidence as to the efficacy of Poetry Therapy comes through the literature on expressive writing. In Conclusion I hope you've enjoyed the ride. Afterword What I want is not words But where words come from The space within breath That calls out our tongue.
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Writing to Heal: [ Google Scholar ]. Lepore S, Smyth J. Washington, D. C: American Psychological Association; Effects of writing about stressful experiences on symptom reduction in patients with asthma or rheumatoid arthritis: A randomized trial.
The psycho-physiology of confession: Linking inhibitory and psychosomatic processes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Lepore SJ. Expressive writing moderates the relation between intrusive thoughts and depressive symptoms. The word wuquf that gives the trope its name holds the double meaning of 'standing' and 'stopping', so this portion of the poem usually forms a moment of stillness and meditation, outside of time.
The landscape comes to represent loss and longing, a container for memory. But come, my friends, as we stand here mourning, do you see the lightning? See its glittering, like the flash of two moving hands, amid the thick gathering clouds. The ruins Khawla left on the mottled flatlands of Thimhad appear and fade, like the trace of a tattoo on the back of a hand. The 'appearance' of the ruins carries the same sense as an apparition: dreamlike and strange, lingering on the horizon. View image of Credit: Getty Images. Once he reaches the ruins of the campsite, the poet remembers a lost love.
He sees her traces everywhere in the debris, even in the dust of the earth:.
When I snap the rough-fringed whip she bursts forward, vapours smouldering over the kindled rock terrain. The ruins remind Tarafa of the cruelty of fate and the indiscriminate passing of time. You see two heaps of earth with silent slabs of hard, deaf stone piled up upon them. I see death choose the generous and the noble, while picking over the best part of the hardened miser's spoil.
The sentimentality toward ruins shown by Tarafa, al-Qais and other pre-Islamic poets meant that by the Islamic Golden Age of the Abbasid period, the trope began to attract mockery. The wretch paused to examine an abandoned campsite, While I paused to inquire about the neighbourhood tavern.
May God never dry the tears of those who cry over stones, Nor ease the love-pangs of those who cry over tent pegs. Abu Nuwas, The Wretch Paused. Despite this mockery, the atlal trope endured through the ages, and today in the Middle East, a new generation of artists is returning to this ancient trope and using it to make sense of the loss and destruction experienced in countries with recent experience of war: most prominently in Iraq and Palestine. The seminal Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish is one of the most significant inheritors of the atlal tradition.
In , when Darwish was 7, Israeli forces occupied the village and depopulated it of its Palestinian inhabitants, leaving only ruins.