Thursday, June 22, 2017

Grace With Love Poetry

Poetry has forever fascinated me. As a self-confessed book addict, the ability to combine words to create thought provoking content completely intrigues me. During the Leaving Certificate, dissecting the repertoires of Séamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, Sylvia Plath and more never felt like a chore to me. Truth be told, I really enjoyed it! Writing poetry is a wonderfully therapeutic way of putting your thoughts on paper in an attempt to make sense of the confusing world around us. If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that I have started sharing my own poetry of late. My writing will cover topics such as mental health, education and social issues in Ireland and beyond. If you would like to stay up to date simply pop over and follow me on Instagram!  x

It is a special moment for me to share my first poem "Castaways". The past year and a half has taught me many major life lessons, 1) so much more work needs to be done regarding education around mental health , 2) the stigma surrounding mental health issues most certainly still exists whether we like to admit it or not, 3) it is easy to jump on the bandwagon of a slogan but it means nothing without attitudinal and behavioural change and 4) it takes a lot of strength to challenge and break the stigma but it definitely needs to be done. Hopefully this verse will get you thinking 💭 💭💭 : : : : #mentalhealth #depression #anxiety #bipolar #poetry #poetryporn #poetrycommunity #poems #poetryofinstagram #selfwritten #originalpoem #follow #artwriting #followme #followtrain #micropoetry #castaways #creativeminds #creativity #creativelifehappylife #soulfood #writer #writersofig #writersofinstagram #writerscommunity #thewrittenword #thecreativemind #blogger #irishbloggers #art
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It is my pleasure to share my second poem "Jitters in June".This poem is my opinion of the State Examination system. Personally, I found the whole two years completely unbearable. I locked myself away in my room studying from the moment I came home until bed time. I gave up all my hobbies and interests to succeed in my goal to achieve an excellent Leaving Cert. The sacrifices paid off as I scored 570 points but were they really worth it? In my view, definitely not. This result left me with the feeling that I had to achieve similar success in college at all costs. This led to a downward spiral of depression which I now battle daily. However, I am extremely grateful for my college education as this is where I learned to THINK independently and critically. The exam system in this country is extremely damaging to the mental health of teenagers and is completely killing creativity. Reform needs to happen before it is too late 💭
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