Share a poem that you feel would help to change the mind of a corrupted soul. Meaning: A soul that has been damaged by abuse, a broken heart, etc. How would you encourage the mind of a person who already thinks that the world is not a place that they want to live in; to change their mindset? And encourage them to be positive and that life is full of happiness and sadness, but it's important to keep moving forward. How would you express that message to them in a poem?
Where have you gone, Little Boy, with the Elfen smile? Where did you go yesterday? Do your eyes still outshine the stars? Does your voice whisper softer than the wind? Where have we gone from Yesterday? When i left you there was no smile, no stars, or words. i gave you no understanding Yesterday. Each day i remember and wonder if you still remember our Yesterdays Little Boy with the Elfen smile my very first love If i should see you again, will you give me more Yesterdays from your tomorrows?
Normally I would go with my favorite Haiku: Haikus are easy but sometimes they don’t make sense Refrigerator
But this one seems more appropriate for your topic
If by Rudyard Kipling:
IF you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or being hated, don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise: If you can dream - and not make dreams your master; If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss, And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never breathe a word about your loss; If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone, And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, ' Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch, if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds' worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!
There used to be a time when, if there was a king and a poet sitting together the poet would speak first, to some extent this is still true. We call them Rock Stars. Most of the influential poets are people who wrote lyrics and music for songs that have changed the dialog in many world issues. John Lennon being one of them. Someone even thought his work threatening enough to have him killed. David wrote in Psalms and so did Solomon. Christ wrote in pros we call proverbs. Confucius has works and rhymes that are still the foundation of Asian thought.
I have read poetry that has moved me to laughter and tears. Some poetry is just amazing. When it is directed at us personally, it can change how we feel. Also - the great poets were possessors of great knowledge and wisdom, and that wisdom told and imparted through poetry can be immortal. I live with a poet. There are great poets on Hub Pages too.
I recently came across the poetry of Johnny Cooper Clark, the Bard of Salford, and he is a modern British Legend. Check out some of his utterly weird works. They can change a corrupted nature or make the person more corrupted.