Category: Featured Poetry

lance merrick anxiety poem

I’m Calming Myself Down [a poem]

By Lance Merrick | Featured Contributor


Author’s Note: This poem is a mindfulness exercise that I use to help calm anxiety.

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Feeling the room surround me
Testing each of my senses
Tasting sweet peppermint candy
Touching my feet to the ground
Seeing blue skies out my window
Hearing passing cars,
the bathroom fan,
My deep breathes and
the crunch of peppermint candy.

It takes about an hour to come around.
I’m calming myself down.

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poem for a daughter rhonda barnes

A Poem for a Daughter

By Rhonda Barnes | Featured Contributor


Author’s Note: This is a poem dedicated to my eldest daughter, Jamie. She is an inspiration to me. 

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She was beautiful, perfect, the first to call me momma,
the one with sweet demeanor, the one without the drama,
left me in awe when she spoke her first words,
absolutely overwhelmed me when first steps occurred,

Kissed my tears away
when disappointment ruled the day,
I dressed her in pretty dresses and socks with ruffled trim,
brushed her long brown hair and taught her how to swim.

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