It’s just a short poem today, and the prompt was ‘rain’. I wasn’t sure whether to actually write about rain (which is moderately difficult as it isn’t currently raining, but that’s never stopped me), or just incorporating the word into the poem.
In the end I recalled a journal entry I wrote a few years ago. Most of the time I’m pretty stable in my thoughts and emotions, able to deal with them and control them, because I overthink and generally let my emotions run away with me if I’m not careful, but there are times that I’ve lost that control, and journaling helps in that respect. Words and writing have always been a friend when I’ve been unsure what my next step is, and it’s sometimes enlightening to read back over past entries, to remember those moments and realise how things have changed.
I recommend journaling for anyone who struggles with their mental health. It doesn’t work for everyone, I know, but it is certainly a good method to let things out.
But besides all that – this poem is about understanding there were moments in my past where I felt low, and about how much things have changed. In the end, the only way we grow is with the storms and sun – both the seemingly positive and negative. Too much of either can destroy you. As with everything, it’s all about balance.
Just a Little Rain
There are days long gone
When I was lost amidst the rain
Where I dreamed of songs unsung
And saw only mist beyond the window pane
I still can’t see the road ahead
I suppose I’m used to driving at night
These days I know when I’m being led
And I no longer ignore my sight
There’s clouds above my eyes
Lined with silver and stormy above
Life’s included hellos and goodbyes
And a whole lot of grief and love
But I’m starting to understand
You can’t have the joy without the pain
Just like the earth can’t rise
Without the sun and a little rain.
Kate @ Kandid Chronicles x
Currently listening to ‘Dancing in the Rain’ by Jack Savoretti