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6 Poems for Comfort in Trying Times

2020 has been a difficult year for many. Although the holiday season is branded as a time of joy, people across the globe will also be facing feelings of anxiety or grief. While it’s tempting to shut off our emotions when they become too intense or busy ourselves to distract from the pain, remember not to lose touch with yourself. It’s important to take some space to acknowledge the more difficult emotions you may be experiencing and allow yourself to truly feel. This act of emotional self-care isn’t always easy, but poetry can be a great tool to help you in your practice. We’ve selected six poems to bring you hope and comfort, and above all, to remind you that you are not alone. 


If you or are loved one is in distress, help is available. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  


I had all of the love in the world…” by Aija Mayrock

Poet and performer Aija Mayrock is known for her work on bullying and mental health. Her poem, “I had all of the love in the world…” from her debut poetry collection Dear Girl is a wonderful reminder that self-love is key to accepting love from others, too. 


Episode I—Clinical Depression” by Akif Kichloo

A poet, doctor, musician, photographer, and artist, Akif Kichloo expresses his battles with depression and mental health through his work. His poem “Episode I—Clinical Depression” gives insight into his mental health battles and also serves as a reminder to others struggling that they are not alone. 


Rebirth” by Alex Elle 

D.C.-based writer Alex Elle has used writing as a form of therapy, exploration, and healing. Themes of self-love and self-care are infused throughout her narrative and poetic works. From her collection Neon Soul, “Rebirth” is a testament to the resilience of the human soul. 


i forget how to love myself most days…” by Alison Malee

Alison Malee is a poet, artist, author, and performer. With three published poetry collections (Shifting Bone, The Day is Ready for You, and This is the Journey), readers will find an abundance of beautiful and comforting poems in her work. “i forget how to love myself most days” is a poignant message that even when it’s hard to practice self-love, the effort is always worth it. 


The Answer,” by Beau Taplin

Beau Taplin’s first poetry collection in 2011 came as a result of his own self-exploration. Since then, he’s published six books widely known for their heartfelt and relatable style. His poem “The answer,” acknowledges that closure doesn’t always come from solving a problem. Sometimes, it comes from making peace with the past and allowing yourself to let go. 


Caring for Yourself” by Courtney Peppernell

Through the bestselling Pillow Thoughts series, poet Courtney Peppernell has touched the lives of countless readers with her insightful words. Her poem “Caring for Yourself” serves as a gentle reminder that your existence matters—perhaps more than you know. Never forget your inherent self-worth.