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S-T-R-E-S-S and HOPE

October 24, 2015



Poetry has been a newfound passion of mine, so I decided to step out of my comfort zone and share some of my ideas.


These were two pieces that helped me last year while I was juggling being a full-time graduate student, full time teacher, basketball coach, plus someone who hoped to establish/maintain a social life.  Stress was not something I feel often, but when I do I get agitated and on edge.  Writing helped quell those feelings, so here is my first poem, titled: "S-T-R-E-S-S."





I know it’s just a word,

but it is packed full of emotion.



sometimes makes you want to scream with frustration,

or just for relief



Represents the tightness in your face,

or just the suppression of thoughts



comes with responsibilities,

and too many of them can put

you in this exact spot



is for emotion and its unstableness.

highs and then lows. repeat.



is for the silliness and fun you once felt,

before the stress began



stands for suck it up and know that this,

like everything else in life,

will pass.  And when it does,

those feelings of goodwill will return.




While writing "S-T-R-E-S-S" I also wrote another poem titled "Hope." I believe that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, we just have to keep walking. When I wrote "Hope" I was reflecting on my experience moving out to California all on my own.  Not knowing anyone, and being so far away from my family and friends, I struggled with the isolation.  Writing helped keep me sane and helped me process and sift through my thoughts and emotions.  So "Hope" reflects the mantra of positive thinking and the power that comes from it.




You survived the night.


The birds are chirping

as you get out of bed,

so it’s time to put

good thoughts in your head.


A new day,

A new you,

A new chance

to decide what to do.


Being happy isn’t

always easy,

but it’s an option.


So push those negative thoughts

out of your head,

and combat them with songs

and positive vibes from friends.


So when those negative thoughts

come knocking on your door

say, “Get out, or go away!

I don’t want you here anymore.”


And finally, once we get

into the habit of thinking

positive, our mood will shift

and our smile will show,

and now we are ready to go!


So start this habit once

and for all

and think about

the positive things in life

before you fall.




What gives you hope?  Writing provides me with an outlet and makes more midful of my actions and thoughts.  How do you battle the hardships of life?  What pushes you through those tough times?  I'm happy I asked myself those questions, because now I've found an outlet.  Hopefully you can too.




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