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Writing:Therapy for the Soul

Updated on March 30, 2011

Inner Journey

 

Damaged and broken - perhaps not knowing why?

Maybe the answer is written inside

Like a dream such perception can only be mine

Retro-etched deeply like stain from my wine

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The price for survival not more than a dime

Do what I must, seem to always get by

Memories fade with the passage of time

Unleash the soul and release my disguise

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Body and soul into words on a page

Diaries madness day after day

Chronicles growth, purges hatred and rage

Accepts my confession without without getting paid

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Therapeutically based, my writing routine?

Or a futile attempt to remember

Recover what's real, made up or obsene

Words comprise life for those who believe

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A lasting momento, my thesis of ills

Dare me to read you a story

Writing like scars - indelible still

Til you turn the page and move on

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    • Chatkath profile image
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      Kathy 5 years ago from California

      Dee- I know exactly what you mean, scribbling on scraps of paper, it kind of puts "things" all into perspective... And now I read about the benefits of journals and writing therapeutically etc. - the same thing that we writing fanatics have been doing all along!

      Thanks so much for your comments, as always, an absolute joy to see you!

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      Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

      Hey, I was kinda scrolling around reading hubs and came upon this one. I read it twice....OMG.... I have been writing in diaries, journals, notebooks, whatever I could find for as long as I can remember because as you said so beautifully... it is theraputic and will heal us on our journey through the damage and broken places. Wonderful! Wonderful! Voted up and beautiful!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thanks Kitty-

      I know, I have always had the writing bug too... In fact it frequently causes a bit of tension in my "relationship"

      Nagging, Nagging "are you on that computer writing again? "What are you always writing about...."?

      But I must argue that it is a good compulsion to have, just wish I had more time :-o

      Thanks for your words of wisdom Kitty, you have really been made quite a contribution on HP !!

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      Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from the Ether

      I love this! Voted up and beautiful. And writing is really food for my soul, for sure. I am obsessed with writing, I think it's just a part of me now that I could never get away from! :)

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thank you HappyBoomerNurse, I am very grateful for your kind words, therapeutic it is! No Charge :-)

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Ah yes, writing is powerful and therapeutic at times and you've expressed the angst of expressing what's deep inside so beautifully in this poem. Voted up, useful and awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thank you TCM Specialist, and you just made my otherwise uneventful day! Thank you so much for your very kind feedback!

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      TCM Specialist 6 years ago from Glassboro, New Jersey

      YOU my friend are simply MARVELOUS! You-Rock the writing block!love ya dearly..voted A+ across the board.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thank you so much my Cat twin - I always remember trying to figure it all out, why? when? how? and every time I do move on, seems like I am back asking the same things again, such is life I suppose! When I get it figured out, I will write a hub - I might even make some money on that one! (lol) So glad you stopped in LC!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Kathy, this is truly exposing yourself and your feelings of wondering...hindsight....what if...looking inside. Oh, how much time do we spend in this pursuit? I can tell you that I reside there a little too much and return a little too often. I really like this one because it is so honest and reflects my feelings so well..and, I'd be willing to bet, the sentiment of so many who write here. for me, writing is a catharsis, a questioning, perhaps, putting into words things I am (and we are) evaluating? The poetry is beautiful and beautifully written. Of course, and without question...UP, AWESOME, BEAUTIFUL!! Thank you, my friend1

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thank you for taking the time MM, my son is grown now, leaving me much more time, I do remember and often wonder how so many hubbers like you come home from work, care for children and then write! Not to mention leaving feedback! Not to ever worry about that, by reading your hubs, I do not doubt that you do relate to this! Life is really such a journey! Be good to yourself!

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      Nadine M AuCoin 6 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

      Hi Chatkath,

      I indeed can relate to these very well said words you so thankfully have turned into a hub. I'm very sorry I have been a neglectful reader/listener being all too consumed with too many things to do, it's my week off and week to explore further into the lives of my friends here at hubville, sorry I've been missing out on so much,

      Thanks for this,

      Have a great night,

      MM

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      Janell Rhiannon 6 years ago from CA, USA

      life is far too short...from experience...you rock it all the way home!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Diana, I am glad you stopped by.

      Kathy

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      Diana L Pierce 6 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Well said. I can relate to every word. Voted up.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thank you very much toknowinfo - I really appreciate your comment!

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Beautiful and moving. Thanks for sharing. I am very moved by your writing.

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      kallini2010 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Chatkath, thank you, it is a young picture - I was 22 at that time, now I am forty. The reason I use that one as avatar is that it is my favourite and it is how I see myself. It was 1993 - the year I graduated from University with Masters in Engineering (never used that degree, not for a day) and the year I got married. That lasted for sixteen years. Both were mistakes. LOL, no, I don't regret. Maybe I do, but nothing can be done about past except I can write about it in my diary and learn my lessons. And move forward.

      So, I know pain, I know that we grow and I know that there is a choice between accepting status quo and growing but not without pain.

      When you open up, others may and will be critical, not everybody, but enough people to discourage you, yet it is another choice to go your own way... or conforming. Again.

      That is how I see things now, continuous struggle. At least my life has been for the last few years.

      Good luck and all the best to you,

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Kallini - I am so pleased that you comented because I know that your words are quite real and you are right, there can never be growth or change without a bit of pain and discomfort.

      I also love the D.H Lawrence quote, makes me laugh - how much I can relate to this!!!

      You are an old soul my talented Kallini, well beyond your years.

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      kallini2010 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Writing is therapeutic. Poetic expression or prosaic, we all need this ability to express our thoughts. I guess people who have the courage to do it in a public space have the advantage or maybe disadvantage...

      I think the difference between people who don't write diaries at all, who write diaries privately and who share their thoughts lies in intensity of desire, of burning desire to find answers.

      I think, Kathy, you have that strength, that motivation, that drive to express yourself fully, foolishly as others may think, yet it is a sign of growth, when you no longer fit in the womb. The space within of former peace and comfort became too small, self-expression takes you into another world of beauty and new heights.

      There is pain along the way, but that comes with all the transformations. That is what your poem made me think of.

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      "How I hate the attitude of ordinary people to life. How I loathe ordinariness! How from my soul I abhor nice simple people, with their eternal price list. It makes my blood boil." D.H. Lawrence

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Florida Guy-I try to avoid getting too caught up with the rhyming aspect because then you lose the meaning but it's hard (for me anyway). I am glad you came by!

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      Chen 6 years ago

      Love your writing style. Love how it's a rhyming poem, but it isn't focused on the rhyming and is not at all pretentious. Keep it up!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thank you for your encouragement Denise. It really means so...so much to me!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Absolutely, beautifully written. Voted it up. Thank you-you are an awesome poet.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thanks so much epigremman, your wonderful feedback has made my otherwise uneventful Saturday night!

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ....well certainly your writing is like therapy for the soul - because you are reaching deep within and sharing your thoughts, dreams and ambitions with us - through your honesty and sincerity!!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Thank you Nell Rose, I was just kind of Hub Hopping around when I found you, your collection of Hubs is so impressive and such an inspiration! Look forward to reading even more :)

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, this is great, I really felt every word, so true! cheers nell

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Darski my friend and unexpected treasure! Thank you, I need such an advocate as you - I have read some of your excellent Hubs and felt something very familiar in your words....... You can now celebrate your strenth and I am so grateful that you are willing to share it!

      Always-Kathy

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      Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Bravo this is sooooooooooooooo excellent my dear friend, and I feel exactly this way but could never put into words such as this...your are so good, and we get through day by day...with our dime. rate this up up love & peace your fan and friend darski