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How poetry healed me

How poetry healed me.

Once so many years ago
I left my native home
And came here to Australia
[I really liked to roam] 
But then before I settled down
In this lovely paradise
I joined the army, went to war
Then came back cold as Ice.

The hatred burned inside my soul
And anger filled me up
I challenged me the whole damn world
No love did fill my cup
I tried my hardest then to change
For I knew that I was wrong
I tried Guru’s and self help books
But nothing changed the song.

Then I decided one fine day
To seek some counselling
That did not help me much at all
But I did learn one thing
The man, he told me what to do
{I had P T S D}
He said ‘you must start writing down
Each day the way things be.

I heard him well, and so I did
Exactly what he said
I’d write it down with lots of zeal
What went on in my head
And as I learned to write in rhyme
And rhythm, and have fun
I found that after each new write
Some healing did get done.

My head got clearer every day
The hate was fading out
Then I became a mellow man
Didn’t throw my weight about
And people stopped from worrying
About what I would do
By writing all my poetry
Some goodness came on through.

And now I’m here, writing for you
Here on this poetry site
And knowing that folk like my stuff
Gives me such sweet delight
My art has given me so much
To thank my maker for
And now I guess I’ll write these poems
From now till evermore

11 June 2013 @ 1545hrs.

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  1. Date: 11/12/2013 7:08:00 PM
    Peter These words tugged at my heart and soul. I could feel your pain in the beginning and your healing at the end. I'm glad poetry is helping you. You are too sweet to be in such horror and pain. Hugs Thanks for the great comment on my Chains On Her Heart poem.

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 11/14/2013 4:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Robin, your words are so kind...Peter
  1. Date: 6/19/2013 7:47:00 AM
    Nothing like writing things down to unburden the soul, I can relate to this poem, if only everyone picked up a pen rather than a gun to sort their problems out. Very good write, much enjoyed.:)

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 6/20/2013 12:47:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Wayne, I am so glad you got something out of this piece Peter
  1. Date: 6/18/2013 9:23:00 PM
    Im so glad I clicked on this one. What a great poem. Im so glad you found a some release in writing. Keep letting us read your work. BG

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 6/19/2013 12:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much Barbara, I really appreciate your comments Peter
  1. Date: 6/18/2013 3:12:00 PM
    Peter a special energy and vibrancy you've given to this poem. P T S D is very difficult to go throw, and I wish no one ever has to go through such psychological symptoms. But this I know you have a tremendous poetic talent and never stop writing my friend. You write through your hear and it flows out through your fingers amazingly. I praise you for your strength using poetry to sooth your soul. I'm happy I stopped my to read this. Write on, and on, and on. Warm Smiles, Connie

    Duggan Avatar Peter Duggan
    Date: 6/19/2013 12:24:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you very much Connie. poetry and John Sherman were the best things that have ever happened to me, I really appreciate your comments Peter