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Poems For Your Mood Part 2

If you are like me, your moods seem to change many times throughout the day. Sometimes it is helpful to make the time to confront what you are feeling and take a gentle, introspective look at why you are having these thoughts or emotional reactions. 

A great way to do this is to read poetry. Poems have this beautiful power of connection—to make us feel less alone—no matter what we might be feeling. 

Here are a few examples of poems that might express or help unpack your mood today. Make sure to check out Part 1 of this list here.

 

IF YOU ARE FEELING DISCONTENTED

 
The difference between an ordinary life and an extraordinary life is only a matter of perspective. Pull the blinds. Look around you. It is a weird, wonderful world and you do not require a ten digit savings account to immerse yourself in it. Travel down long winding roads without a destination in mind, climb the nearest mountain and scream your heart out into the void, kiss strangers, make love, skinny dip in a lake, get lost and lose yourself (these are two separate things), explore the wilderness (particularly the one within), think less of destiny and more of the moment right here. Because in the end, as you reflect back on your life in that hospital bed, fame won’t matter, nor will the extent of your wealth. You are only the sum of the stories you can tell.

Beau Taplin 

 

IF YOU ARE FEELING GRIEF

 

Music I heard with you was more than music,

And bread I broke with you was more than bread;

Now that I am without you, all is desolate;

All that was once so beautiful is dead….

For it was in my heart you moved among them,

And blessed them with your hands and with your eyes;

And in my heart they will remember always, —

They knew you once, O beautiful and wise.

 

Conrad Aiken

 

IF YOU ARE FEELING RESTLESS

 

do not fast forward

into something 

you’re not ready for 

 

or allow yourself

to shrink back 

into what’s comfortable 

 

growth lives in

the uneasiness 

the in-between 

the unfinished sentence 

 

you are a 

season of becoming

 

Danielle Doby 

 

IF YOU ARE FEELING SELF-DESTRUCTIVE

 

Your body is not a temple.

Your body is the house you grew up in.

How dare you try to burn it to the ground.

You are bigger than this.

You are bigger

than this. 

 

Sierra DeMulder

 

IF YOU ARE FEELING REJECTED IN YOUR LOVE LIFE

 

You deserve more of their attention than their phone does.

You deserve quality time, not just time.

You deserve effort, not just routines.

You deserve to be treated as if you are a priority, not the last thing on their checklist.

You are special and you deserve to be the only option.

If that is too much to ask, you are asking it from the wrong person.

If begging ever becomes your last approach to receive those things which ought to be freely given, it’s safe to say, you are out of your dang mind.

Begging to be loved is suicide.

It’s like going sky diving from the Eiffel Tower naked of proper equipment, and expecting gravity to overturn the outcome.

 

Pierre Alex Jeanty

 

IF YOU ARE FEELING STRONG

 

You read these things

And you ask the world,

Why doesn’t it happen 

To someone like you?

 

Deep in your heart,

You knew the answer:

It’s because you don’t let it.

 

Dawn Lanuza