|Emotions Poems. Deep sad poems. Anger poems. Loneliness poems. But not all emotions are considered equal. Rap culture: anger is good. Meditation: no.
|Spoken word poetry, emotions poems.Emotion?ords. Anger good, anger bad? Attitudes to emotions.|
Elsa's word pieces
GENTLE STATES OF MIND
GRIEF, SADNESS, LOSS
ANGER, FRUSTATION, RAGE
Deep sad poems. Anger poems. Loneliness poems. Joy.
Love. No problem.
And then ...
Some say: anger is cool.
Words ... and feelings.
STATES of MIND
Some states of mind are considered acceptable in most parts of our society.
Love, for instance. Search for love poems on Google and you aren't likely to come across admonitions that love is dangerous and watch out. Instead you will get Great Love Poems, Romantic Love Poems, World's Best Love Poems.
But check for anger poems, and suddenly one comes to two very different worlds.
World One: anger is bad, anger is negative, anger is dangerous, let go of anger. That comes from both the Eastern tradition (meditation and so on) and much of the current Western world (therapy, Oprah nd so on).
World Two: anger is cool, anger is one's right, anger is hip - but let's not call it hip. Anger is just the way of life. One has been wronged and has every right to rage. If anyone should question that, just dump loads of anger on them.
I don't feel just loving emotions. So my pieces aren't just about nice sweet emotions. I try to put the feelings into words.
I came up against the Two Solitudes about anger when I looked up anger poems on the web. No good anger poems, not on the first page anyway. ("Anger is drikking" - drikking? - went one. Another: "Anger is when I am mad at somebody.")
Back to looking for anger poems. No "100 best anger poems." Just lots of warnings about how bad anger is. Poems by gurus on the evils of anger.
Then I googled rap and rap poems and hip hop. Quite another story. Not just unvarnished expressions of anger but a validation of the right to anger. An armor of anger.
First, I was taken aback. Then I realized I already knew about the Two Solitudes, just had never connected the dots.
My anger poems. In my mind, I had called them rap poems, rap words. I don't care for the posturing, the grinding bad attitude of much of rap. But I knew that anger is acceptable in the rap world. In fact, rap and anger are fused in my mind.
I also knew abut anger's negative press - and I certainly know how dangerous anger and hatred can be. Slaughter in Darfur and Rwanda. The Holocaust. Millions murdered.
Anger, hatred, self-righteousness - incredibly dangerous.
And yet I've also heard that anger means I WANT.
Plus there is just the feeling of anger. It's there, like love, greed, joy, contentment, fear.
So for judgments on anger, you'll have to go elsewhere. In the word pieces, I've just expressed.
I don't want to glorify anger. But I've grown up in a family with a lot of anger - and so much shame about it. We felt anger, were not supposed to feel it. Shame.
I agree: it's important to learn to express anger in a constructive way. I don't want glory in gory anger. But I've taken, as with love, the space to express.
More on states of mind. How do I categorize them?
Some of the feelings fit into recognizable categories - love, anger. But even anger - it isn't "one size fits all". Mine is most often a frustration anger, frustration at not being able to get through to people.
Much tougher to name are other states of mind. Is there a word for feeling unhelped? The closest I could think of was loneliness. But what about the feeling of longing for help, and what about the feeling of despairing I will find help?
And then, is there a word for exhausted recharging?
So many emotions, often not named.
Often I've found it easy to find words to express a feeling, but have found myself stymied when I've tried to find a word to name it.
And even if I do come to a word - lonely, angry, loving - often the word is empty for me. For me, my poems, my word pieces, try to get the moment, capture the feeling.
So, lots of different states of mind.
So many moments full of different feelings, ever changing, shifting.
emoting into emotions poems
anger brew anger stew
anger heavy anger light
a delight to clear the air
longing strong, longing blue
despair - maybe I will never get there
longing, such a longing