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What it Takes to Heal, a poem

As I may have mentioned before, I haven’t written in a while – at least, until recently. I haven’t tried too hard to force myself back into writing – for fear of running myself off. I’ve just decided – if I can write, I will write. Sure enough, the words are starting to flow and I’m grateful to finally express some of the feelings that get so easily tucked in and away from everyone else (even myself).

The funny thing is – I often feel them, but can’t put a name to them. I’m not really sure where the stress comes from. However, when I write – I cannot hide from myself. I guess there are some who say that some things are better not expressed, but my heart is a lot better off when I’m aware. It has less of a tendency to drag me down or allow me to get into my own way. It’s not to say that I can’t label my own emotions – but more like I can’t always explain what is driving them. Have you ever been in a foul mood and you could not figure out why? That’s what I’m talking about. Anyway, writing, for me – is cheap therapy. It’s actually pretty nice to be an open book again – free to be me.

As I have done in the past, I decided to write these words for one of the photographs I have taken at the gardens.

Here are my latest words:

What it Takes to Heal

I wanted

to sing the wind

a melody –

a soulful tune

of ache and sorrow

but then, release

an overwhelming


of purpose and hope.

I wanted

to feel –

to scratch

at my tender wounds

to encourage

my healing.

I wanted

to fall

to my knees

and weep

for what is dead

but then rejoice

at what is still


despite the

fouled soil.

I know

I can grow

beyond this moment

which does not


who we are,

it just hasn’t

been easy.

But now,

I have to

stop being afraid

to plant my dreams

and nourish them

with a little optimism.

© Sumyanna 2020



Writer of poetry and seeker of knowledge. I hope to inspire and be inspired by my words and the world around me.

6 thoughts on “What it Takes to Heal, a poem

  1. These words are heartfelt, Sumyanna! I love the poem and the image of the flower most beautiful. I think we all have to have some kind of creative outlet, especially for those of us who have a lot of creative energy which needs escape, a voice to be expressed otherwise it may become stagnated within and can lead to lowering of the spirits. Thank you for sharing such beauty and for your inspiration!

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    1. I appreciate that Peter. Seriously feel like being drowned unless I do something with that creativity. It has been hard – because I think days like these especially require it. Thank you for your generous words – they are highly appreciated and I so do treasure the photographs you share. It’s a world I don’t get much of a chance to see otherwise.

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  2. Beautiful, as always. 💗

    The writing too. 🙂

    Here’s one for you:

    A lone white feather,
    lying on the sand,
    leaves no trace
    of the bird
    from which it flew…


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  3. I know what you mean, Sumyanna. It’s easy to let those thoughts get lost somewhere inside, but then without our permission, they take over our mind and we wonder where is this coming from. Writing is definitely therapeutic.
    This is a beautifully written poem. I really enjoy your writing. 🙂

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