Anxiety: A Poem

Anxiety: A Poem

Hey guys! This week I’m going to be sharing a poem about what anxiety feels like for me. I hope this can help make others feel a little less alone and maybe create a tiny bit more awareness for mental health in general.

Anxiety is more than just being shy around strangers and having panic attacks in shopping malls;
It’s looking up what you want online before you go to a restaurant
It’s having meltdowns in the middle of the night
It’s struggling to stand when you need to keep going
It’s feeling so alone even when you’re surrounded by people.

Late night panic attacks and crying fits are just the tip of the iceburg
You know nothing until you look into my dark, twisted mind.
The lies I tell myself creep in through the window
Consuming every waking moment.
Am I a failure?
Am I going to survive this episode?
You may think I’m a social butterfly
But wait until you see what’s really inside
There are thousands of butterflies screaming to be let out
There are times when the pain is too much to bare.
But you know what they don’t tell you about anxiety?
“You’ll survive.”

Let me know in the comments your thoughts and whether you have experienced similar feelings. This poem is quite raw and unpolished so I’d appreciate the feedback ❤ Until next time, love, Vee.

6 Powerful Poems from the witch doesn’t burn in this one

h1 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 20pt;} h2 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 18pt;} body {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 15pt;} Hey guys! In this week’s blog I’m going to be sharing some of the most powerful poems from Amanda Lovelace’s collection: the witch doesn’t burn in this one. Please tell me in the comments some of your favourite and inspiring poems.

1. This has to be one of my favourites from the book because it’s so damn unapologetic. Do not, I repeat, do not let anybody walk over you.

2. You have all the strength in you that you need; use it and empower others.

3. The simple line is, you need to look after yourself just like you would a small child. Treat yourself with respect, self care and love.

4. We are strong, independent women and we’ve got this. When our enemies intend for us to crawl up in a ball, stand up and fight back. Not because you want to but because you have to.

5. You have no idea what you are capable of until you pick up a pen and write your heart out. Inspire others just like you and not like you to stand up for themselves, fight for what they want and live their happiest life.

6. It is not normal to go through abuse. I’ve learnt this throughout the years and I’m here to tell you it isn’t right. Society has altered our perceptions of what a healthy relationship is.

I hope you feel as inspired as I did when I read Lovelace’s books. Be powerful, inspire and take care of yourself. Until next time, Vee x

Poetry Review: the witch doesn’t burn in this one

h1 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 20pt;} h2 {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 18pt;} body {font-family: times new roman; font-size: 15pt;} Hey guys! In this week’s blog I’m going to be talking about and reviewing Amanda Lovelace’s second installment of poetry. I have read the princess saves herself in this one and it was one of the best collections of modern poetry I have read. I’m also open to more poetry book suggestions so please feel free to comment your recommendations!

So Amanda Lovelace’s idea of poetry is different to the normal, old fashioned type but in lots of ways it’s so much better in getting messages across. In this second poetry collection, Lovelace explores topics such as revenge, politics, sexual assault and feminism.

When I first read the book my first impression was that it was very anti men. I haven’t been through her experiences so I can’t comment on that but I feel like most of the poems attacked men – maybe it was just aimed at rapists and bad men but for me, I would feel rather uneasy about reading this as a guy.

However, Lovelace explores her inner strength in this book as well as her previous one. She writes mostly about women helping women, supporting one another; knowing that we are strong. I think it’s so important that she has written about this subject because we do need to stick together and change the world through art. If even one person reads your work, that might be the sign they needed. That might be the thing that they need to hear. If your art can change or empower another person, even just one person, it’s still worth writing, painting, drawing, crafting.

Lovelace also explores eating disorders and how we see ourselves. Lots of young people could feel less alone just by reading her poems. A major theme in this book is having confidence and exploring how that isn’t a bad thing. As long as you don’t have a massive ego but you love who you are, that’s all that matters.

We need to cheer each other on and that’s what I have taken away from this book. I want to stand up for myself and be the happiest version of me possible. Reading Lovelace’s poetry always inspires me to follow my dreams – shouldn’t all writers’ work have that effect?

Have you read any of her work? If you haven’t I highly recommend getting down to your local bookstore or online to buy both her works! Until next week, Vee x

Review: The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

Well hello there! It’s already February – one of my most expensive and busiest months (birthdays, anniversary etc)! Sorry I didn’t post last week but it was Oli’s birthday and I wanted to concentrate on him for the day. So this week I’ve decided to write a blog review about Rupi Kaur’s most recent poetry book, The Sun and Her Flowers. I will be sharing some of my favourite poems from the book and a bit about why I love them and why I think you should too!

The Sun and Her Flowers
The Sun and Her Flowers is more about Kaur’s family, moving and learning to love herself. I am so excited for what she has coming next but I will definitely be rereading these until her next book comes along. I wanted to buy the book as soon as possible and thankfully received a Waterstone’s voucher for Christmas so it was one of the books I just had to get. I must say I relate to Milk and Honey more, but I still absolutely love her books and she inspired me to just go for it and write poetry. So here we go. Enjoy!

Poem One 

I love this one because it proves that whatever us humans go through, we are always strong enough to bounce back from it; we will always recover.

Poem Two 

Kaur always has a way of writing so that I feel unique and special, even if I feel like I’m getting nowhere in life. That is poetry. You don’t even have to be religious to love this, you just need to believe in yourself.

Poem Three 

I think this is absolutely true- we all crave love and want to give it but as humans we manage to ruin it or turn it into something it’s not. Everyone has the capacity for love but not everyone is willing to learn how to.

Poem Four 

Such a powerful break-up poem here. I think it’s beautiful because Kaur keeps repeating that it’s not the end of the world. You will get through anything.

Poem Five 

Such a simple yet powerful poem for anyone feeling low or invalid.

Poem Six 

This is honestly my favourite. So beautiful that it gives me butterflies. I do believe in soul mates so this poem is perfect.

Well that’s it for this week but I’ll be back next week! Love, Vee.

Top Ten Poems from Milk and Honey

Hey guys!

So this week I have been reading Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey, a poetry book of how to survive and heal. To me, this poetry is raw and emotional. It isn’t sugarcoated or punctuated because it doesn’t need to be for the very real reason that Rupi has poured her heart into her work. Here is a list of my top ten favourite poems from Milk and Honey, and why they are my favourites.

Poem One

love is not cruel
we are cruel
love is not a game
we have made a game
out of love

I think this is beautifully sad because it’s true; we have made a game out of tearing others down and sometimes things don’t work out because of it.

Poem Two 

other women’s bodies
are not our battlegrounds

We need to learn to respect women and stop tearing each other down; we are all going through this thing called life and having people bully us is not going to get them anywhere. It just shows how miserable those people are to have to tear others down for their own enjoyment.

Poem Three

sex takes the consent of two
if one person is lying there not doing anything
cause they are not ready
or not in the mood
or simply don’t want to
yet the other is having sex
with their body it’s not love
it is rape

This is so important. Rupi talks openly about rape in her poetry and she pours her heart into her work. If someone doesn’t want to have sex, and the other does, it is rape. It’s that simple. It is rape.

Poem Four

i do not want to have you
to fill the empty parts of me
i want to be full on my own
i want to be so complete
i could light a whole city
and then
i want to have you
cause the two of us combined
could set it on fire

This is one of the most beautiful poems in my opinion. Rupi is saying that we should all learn to love ourselves and be able to be on our own, but it’s even better to have someone by your side.

Poem Five

i need someone
who knows struggle
as well as i do
willing to hold my feet in their lap
on days it is too difficult to stand
the type of person who gives
exactly what i need
before i even know i need it
the type of lover who hears me
even when i do not speak
is the type of understanding
i demand
                    – the type of lover i need

This poem is saying what every person wants in a relationship and what we need. We need someone to understand us and be with us even on the worst days of our lives. We need someone who will know we’re upset before we even speak; someone who will always be there no matter how hard the road gets.

Poem Six

every time you
tell your daughter
you yell at her
out of love
you teach her to confuse
anger with kindness
which seems like a good idea
till she grows up to
trust men who hurt her
cause they look so much
like you
              – to fathers with daughters

This one really hits home for me. I’ve had bad relationships because of my relationship with men and not having any male role models to look up to. I didn’t have a fatherly figure. This is true – when you yell at your child “out of love” you are damaging her future relationships and giving her trust issues – especially with men.

Poem Seven

the thing
worth holding on to
would not have let go

This poem is so simple yet it touches a nerve. If someone doesn’t make the effort to be in your life, to fight for you, then they are not worth your time, energy or tears.

Poem Eight

when you are broken
and he has left you
do not question
whether you were
the problem was
you were so enough
he was not able to carry it

He couldn’t handle you at your worst, so don’t let him see you at your best. You deserve someone who is going to be able to be there on your bad days and who will have a blast with you on the good.

Poem Nine

i had to leave
i was tired of
allowing you to
make me feel
anything less
than whole

Have enough self respect and dignity to walk away when you deserve to be treated better.

Poem Ten

it takes grace
to remain kind
in cruel situations

Such a simple yet effective message. Rise above those who are cruel and learn to counteract that cruelty with kindness.

So there you have it! Some of my favourite inspirational poems from Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey. I can’t wait for the release of her latest poetry book, The Sun and her Flowers!

Tell me in the comments some of your favourite poems!

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