Writing poetry helps improve language skills, sparks creative thinking and creates self-awareness. It is also therapeutic, providing comfort and boosting our moods during periods of stress and grief. Writing poetry can help us express our thoughts and emotions, and sometimes, as some of these students have found, can bring clarity and drive motivation towards starting new activities.
Monday 21st March is World Poetry day, and in celebration, we've posted some of our most recent poetry submissions from our students and experts by experience below.
If you want to give poetry writing a go, but you don't know where to start, you may find it helpful to join our writing creatively for wellbeing course, or try some of these free poetry starters.
The world can be a confusing place
Every day - so hard to face
All we need is a little hope
It helps us feel like we can cope
Life is easier on sunny days
The blue sky chases my blues away
The sun on my face fills me with its warmth
And I sit and smile and feel filled with love
I must make more time to sit in that place
Surrounded by trees with the sun on my face
To feel that peace; to just sit and be
To breathe and relax and just be me
So go and find your happy place
The place that puts a smile on your face
You'll find you smile a little longer
And look at the world with a little more wonder.
We need to find some inspiration
Particularly at this time of contamination
Of what – a virulent virus – a killer
The enemy is worse than Hitler?
Because it is a war that we are in
The attacker is unknown – who will win?
However, we must find help in this situation
And try not to focus on all the devastation
We must use this time very wisely
Keep our eyes fixed on the Almighty
I awake in the morning feeling quite ill
So I look out at the sun that is shining still
I try to focus on the lovely autumn leaves
With their beautiful colours my eyes they please
I meet some of my friends on Zoom
It’s like they are all in my living room
But others I have not seen for months
And I wonder when I might meet them maybe for brunch?
Shall I rekindle my old hobby of knitting?
I am to be a Grandmother so that would be quite fitting
Or should I take up another new activity?
It will have to be something involving creativity
Where will I find some inspiration?
I will keep searching with dedication
In the tangled world of a tangled head,
the Lady of H navigates chaotically,
through the Amazonian jungle of her mind
In her tangled days she finds tangled ways,
to seek pathways through Neuro space,
emerging into clarity.
In the tangled curls and the tangled swirls,
art gives expression to her every thought,
hinting at the route map to her soul.
In the tangled crush of a tangled brush,
fine lines entwine fantasy, to create
an absolute reality.
In tangled inspiration lies tangled salvation,
bringing inner peace to a creative mind,
discovering reflections of herself.
In the tangled world of a tangled mind,
the artist within channels her genius,
through a kaleidoscope of colour.