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Updated: Aug 6, 2020

A few years ago, in the midst of overwhelming stress, feelings of hopelessness and isolation, poetry became an important outlet for expressing myself authentically, and creating positive change in my life. The act of writing and then reciting what I'd written helped me build confidence and even come to love myself more.

Sharing my first couple poems for the first time terrified me. It was a necessary step that encouraged me to take meaningful action in my life. A positive feedback loop began, which enabled me to progressively let more of my true self out, and re-discover who I was after years of bottling everything up.

Here are many of the poems I've written, all over the past 3.5 years. The first three are the ones that helped me become more comfortable being ME and taking the necessary leaps toward a happy, self-expressive life.

A lot of this started out with an effort to use easy, simple language, pleasing rhymes, and alliteration - a heavy inspiration from Dr. Seuss. I enjoyed the kid's book feel, with an underlying message or theme. As they go on, I explored and found inspiration in current troubles/joys, but kept much of the original vibe.

A Smile’s a Smile

When you don’t know what to do, and don’t know the way

Just think to yourself what a smile would say

Would it grin a small grin, encourage another

And flirt with a laugh while trying to cover

A mouthful of teeth bursting to break free

To show off their glistening, glimmering glee

It doesn’t quite matter how a smile is presented

For a smile’s a smile, it does what’s intended

It will bring joy to those already happy

And lift up the spirits of those feeling crappy

It says what you wanted to say without words

It speaks to the heart and does so with courage

Your smile is your own and no one can take it

So share it and show it, and always embrace it

If you smile your smile with joy and with care

Yet each time you are met with simply a stare

Don’t be discouraged and don’t stop your grinning

For a smile’s a smile, and our hearts you are winning


Just a small jump can bring joy to your day

Make your heart skip and scurry away

So let yourself go, and bend at the knees,

Then extend and expand, and set yourself free

The best part about jumping isn’t the landing

Or the fact that you started off simply from standing

It’s the feeling you get when you’re up in the air

The freedom from any old worry or care

You float for a moment before coming down

When you’ve landed at last, you can’t find your frown

Replaced by a smile and calmness of heart,

As if everything wrong had been great from the start,

So let yourself go, and lift off the ground

And feel free to bellow out any old sound

Like a hoot or a holler, or even a yell

Because you should be you, this much I can tell

Express what is real, be true and be loud

Jump as high as you feel, and make yourself proud

There’s nothing so nice as a jump just for you

The sort that seems silly and makes you feel new

So let yourself go if you feel so inspired

And jump in the air until you’re quite tired

Your legs will recover, your lungs will expand

Next time you’ll go higher, you might never land

When you jump in the air and leave baggage behind

You’ll soar to new heights, and new dreams you might find

If somehow you don’t feel like jumping at all

Perhaps you’re afraid of a terrible fall

A spill is no fun, but a scrape on the knee

Is hardly a reason not to fly free

Just remember the joy your jumping can bring

And take the big leap that makes your heart sing

What Do You See When You Look In the Mirror?

If the person you see in the mirror’s reflection

Doesn’t quite meet your ideal of perfection

Then perhaps your perspective’s not perfectly placed

And just maybe your inner-most thoughts have erased

The power that lies way down deep in your heart

And tells you each day you’ve been great from the start

You are perfectly you, in this moment in time

So meet your own gaze, allow eyes to align

And smile a smile to yourself in the mirror

You’re just right as you are, not a thing could be clearer


Take good care of your feet, for they take care of you

They lend their support in most all that you do

Each step is an effort, but your feet they don’t mind

They’re happier the more that you use them, you’ll find

They keep you upright and allow you to run

So wiggle them now and again just for fun

Your feet work so hard, and yet hardly complain

Collect mud in the yard, as they romp through the rain

Feet rarely require much love or affection

So stand till you tire, that’s their predilection,

But don’t you forget, they have needs just like you,

So when you get home, let them free of those shoes,

And make sure to massage them now and again,

Take good care of your feet and you’ll be best of friends

Be What You Are

Be what you are, embrace what is you

Do what you love, and love what is true

When you choose with your heart, you choose to be giving

So be what you love, and love how you’re living

Be Grateful, Be Patient, Be Kind

If you’re grateful and patient and kind

More often than not you might find

Those little life stressors

Which once piled on pressure

Are now hardly a weight on your mind

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