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Poetic Medicine: The Healing Art of Poem-Making, by John Fox

Writing poetry, (as well as reading poetry), can be good therapy for those who are inclined to writing poems. (Reading poetry for yourself or as a couple, or with a friend, can also be fun and entertaining).

Writing Away the Demons: Stories of Creative Coping through Transformative Writing, by Sherry Reiter

There is abundant scientific evidence that expressive writing is a profound way to affect health and well-being. Writing Away the Demons: Stories of Creative Coping Through Transformative Writing is a stellar example of ‘everyday’ people discovering this truth first-hand. Along with this, Dr. Reiter is keenly sensitive to the way sharing our stories reveal soul and the remarkable resilience of human beings.

Dawn of a New Discovery World Poetry, by John Scott

Kindle ebook poetry collection including Wayne Thomas' poems.

Healing Depression & Bipolar Disorder Without Drugs: Inspiring Stories of Restoring Mental Health Through Natural Therapies, by Gracelyn Guyol

A combination of helpful supports restored their mental, emotional and physical capacities. Guyol's respectful presentation of their tenacity in the face of great obstacles is, perhaps, the main strength of this effort.

Page updated November 19, 2015

Bipolar Disorder Poem by Wayne Thomas - U.S. poet

-------Also - 7 Moon Haikus, Wayne Thomas

From the book, Dawn of a New Discovery - World Poetry - Poems of Life, Wonder, Conflict, and Far Away Places. (off-site)

Poetry can be an emotional and creative outlet, catharsis and way of expressing and communicating your feelings. There are many great poets today who suffer with one form of mental health disorder or another. This poem is from a serious poet who expresses the real-life emotions of his battle in the mind with what is labeled bipolar disorder. It is entitled Scream


Springing from my bed,
I scream in strained silence in the oily black house, nerves taut
like the strings on my guitar— fearful of what might be, dreading what might be happening to my body, happening to me.
I’m not ready to be old;
I’m less ready to die.

Out my Jersey window,
the rain swarms like fire bugs
in the light from the vague street lamp in the slate-gray New Jersey sky.
I listen to the whine of tires on the slick, wet roads.

I hear the rain, now,
pounding on my roof and walls,
now streaming down the window panes like tiny flash floods.
My mind whirls from lack of sleep,
and I wonder, half-aloud,
How many sunrises do I have left?

The day sweeps by in fits and naps,
and all too soon
it’s late at night again, alone.

I seek solace in my books of poetry
and the manuscripts of my own precious poems,
caught up in my too-short life
like a fever.

I pace the floors,
wander into the bedroom,
smile down at my sleeping wife,
her face silver in the wan moonlight, linger awhile,
and wander barefoot through
the empty house,

eating a bowl of ice cream as I go. And I hear the wind come up,
lashing through trees and flowers,
pressing on the house itself—
the rain again, the endless rain.
Again, without sound or words, I scream.

A little bit of what having bipolar is all about.
Contributed by Wayne Thomas, 2008

These are a few of Wayne Thomas' other poems, also from Dawn of a New Discovery.

Seven Moon Haikus

Soft, the lights of town—
blue misty watercolor
bathes in the moonlight

flock of moonbeams,
bright feathering through the bean vines—
mosquitoes humming

Hot August moonlight—
sunflowers wilting of thirst
while clouds hide the stars

Cloudy August night
hazy moon in my eyepiece
a glimpse of Pico

Half moon,
like a torch hovers over the village—
no breeze to push it

Handful of moonbeams,
soft against Dad’s easy chair,
run through my fingers.

Through a young girl’s hair
a shaft of yellow moonlight
waiting for the dawn

Moon Haikus by Wayne Thomas

Haiku Poetry

Haikus are of Japanese origin. In the original language, they were three lines and 17-syllable non-rhyming poems, with a rhythm of 5/7/5 syllables. When written in English, they don’t strictly adhere to that format, but do follow the same basic pattern. (Dawn world poetry book)

If you have strong emotions that need an outlet, try a little poetry. Poetry can be an emotional healing, a catharsis and a way to express yourself creatively. If you have a message for others to hear, it can be a useful way of communicating.

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