Category: Poetic Therapy

V&E Poetic Therapy: Her Anxiety

Her Anxiety by William Butler Yeats, Metaphor, Love and Death Poetry, W.B. Yeats Her Anxiety

Her Anxiety by William Butler Yeats Earth in beauty dressed Awaits returning spring. All true love must die, Alter at the best Into some lesser thing. Prove that I lie. Such body lovers have, Such exacting breath, That they touch or sigh. Every touch they give, Love is nearer death. Prove that I lie.   

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V&E Poetic Therapy: Diligence Is to Magic as Progress Is to Flight

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What is Progress to Flight? Progress is to move forward or onward in space or time. Flight is the action or process of flying through the air. Progress is imperative in flight, it is the very movement of flight. What is Diligence to Magic? Diligence is a careful and persistent work or effort. Magic is the

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V&E Poetic Therapy: Maenad

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Cover art: William Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905)  The Youth of Bacchus (1884) On Maenads The Maenads were the female followers of Dionysus in Greek Mythology. The word Maenads in Greek means “raving ones”. In Roman Mythology they were called the Bacchae as followers of Bacchus, Dionysius’ Roman counterpart. Maenads were known for their intoxicated frenzy and erratic and violent behaviours while

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V&E Poetic Therapy: A Girl

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Cover art by Ginger Kelly I wanted to find a poem that spoke to the earthy sensory experience and of the feeling of Spring. For me, Spring is the smell of dirt and cut grass, of magnolias and lilacs. And I feel just like the plants, newly emerging and learning what it is to grow

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Why Poetry?

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  Poetry is the rhythm of all things, in all things, and all that is and is not. It is the sensibility which transcends all other senses. It is energy. A poem is only one expression of this energy. Poetry is a history, a record of feeling, just as our DNA is a historical record of

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V&E Poetic Therapy: Pet Panther & ADHD

My theme this week is attention and I am kicking off the week with a poem by A. R. Ammons. When I found this poem it made me think of ADD or ADHD and my relationship with attention. Only a few years ago I was diagnosed with inattentive ADHD. Prior to that, the best word

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on Good and Evil

An argument aginst basic notions of morality.

To forgive yourself and others is to embrace the ambiguity of empathy and compassion. Nothing is ever simple when it comes to what is good and what is evil, often it comes down to what side you are on and your perspective.

From Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet

“Of the good in you I can speak, but not of the evil.
For what is evil but good tortured by its own hunger and thirst?
Verily when good is hungry it seeks food even in dark caves, and when it thirsts it drinks even of dead waters.”

Invictus Maneo: Strength and Belonging

Invictus is Latin word that means unconquerable, undefeated, or unvanquished.
Maneo is the Latin word for I stay, I remain, I last or I endure.
These two words make up my family motto, and, in turn, have given me strength. I stay unconquerable; I endure undefeated; I remain unvanquished.

The Scottish tradition (where my surname comes from) of having family crests and mottos gives me the feeling of belonging to something greater than myself.
Belonging strengthens my belief that no matter how difficult life is, I can and will endure.
A clan is a group of people united by actual or perceived blood kinship. In other words, a tribe or an extended family. The name unifies people and gives a unified purpose. The collective, in its most ideal form, is a group of people who look out for each other’s interests.

“During times of suffering the shelter of belonging calms us”

John O’Donohue