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Poetry is Full of Emotion

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Look for ‘Emotions’ on Amazon.


“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.”-Robert Frost


I’ve been writing poetry since I was 14.  One of the first poems I remember writing was in gifted class in 8th grade.  I wrote a poem using Georgia History facts by making every line rhyme.  I continued writing poetry in high school:  most of the poems were similar to worship songs.  Later on, I wrote them to help me work out feelings after hard break ups or to get through other difficult times in my life.

Poetry has been there with me through it all.  That is why I love writing it so much.  Constructing phrases, rhythmic or rhyming, helps me to work through my emotions and experiences.  I can dive deeper into my problems in a beautiful way as I place all my pain on paper (or a document).

I wrote ‘Emotions’ as an expression of the various feelings we all experience:  anxiety, peace, apathy, passion, jealousy, contentment, despair, and joy.  I hope it reminds others that they are not the only ones to ride the roller coaster of life.  That everyone rides its many highs and lows and holds on tightly for every unexpected twist and turn.  I hope it reveals that there is beauty and purpose in the pain and that joy is made sweeter after a mountain of difficulties.


Here’s an excerpt from ‘Emotions’, the poem ‘Passion’:

 I am alive

Or at least that’s how I feel

Pulsating with energy I didn’t know existed

My eyes widen at the thought of doing what I love

I’m surfing on an endless surge of emotion

The ocean is full of ebbing waves

Carrying me on a crystal sea of happiness

I can’t be still, so I move swiftly with grace

Gliding through the waters with joy

As pure ecstasy joins me

We are whipped by powerful winds

But we remain undeterred

Even the shore is glistening as we reach it

I feel peaceful knowing I can do it again tomorrow

My heart is full of unexplored depths

Its cadence is mesmerizing

I dance to its rhythmic beat

To know I’m truly alive.

My friend Brandon enjoys writing poetry, too.  He wrote an in-depth review for ‘Emotions’ that I’d like to share with you.  You can follow him on twitter here:  @bardspell and read his writing here:


“‘Emotions’ by Erin Bower is a collection of verse on the ruminations of a daydreaming introvert’s experiences with self in relation to her own personal universe. It contains eight poems that explore the range of emotions the author experiences, alternating between the painful to the pleasant in couplets through the octave. The collection is a fascinating look at how someone, trapped inside of themselves, unable to express their feelings to fellow human beings in conversational language, expresses those feelings to the unknown through the medium of poetry.

The apparent daydreaming nature of the author is shown through the fact that she generally eschews concrete imagery in favor of what seems to be dream symbolism and the archetypal. In “Anxiety,” the author’s haunting line,

“Worries tumble out of me like dangerous flames…”

is reminiscent of someone who associates the danger of fire with panic, a primal fear, showing the author to be connected with the collective unconscious. It is intriguing how, although most people I know in reality become anxious through distorted perception of their security, the author draws upon a memory, perhaps her own from childhood, or perhaps from the deeper part of the mind that reaches back to ancestral fears. And I find this part of the essence of being a dreamer.

Other poems utilize similar imagery. “Passion,” the longest in the collection, I imagine represents the most important emotion to the author. She utilizes the ocean as a metaphor, again archetypal, yet somewhat more concrete. She associates the blissful state of being near to the sea as an invoking of that great passion within her to simply exist. The experience of reading this poem was like being inside the head of one who greatly desires to be at the beach while facing the drudgery of everyday existence, something we can all relate to. I imagine the author at work, miserable, hearing endless wave upon wave in her mind, and then suddenly being quickened to complete her duties with vigor. It is endearing.

I connected most with the author in her poem “Apathy.” It was soul crushing, utilizing the metaphor of death. Death, probably the most concrete of all human experience, is again treated as dreamlike. No person in particular dies, except for the author in her day to day experience of agonizing discontent. There are words here which stick inside of my head and haunt me: “My soul is a pit of nothing / I am dead inside .” I think back to my own experiences with the Abyss talked about by so many mystics and feel the author has experienced this “dark night of the soul” as well. I feel close to her through the shared experience of sinking into the void, the darkest days of my life, and I imagine her experiences with the same sinking into the fabric which annihilates the self and ego.

I would recommend “Emotions” to anyone, whether they be an introvert or extrovert. For introverts, it is soothing to know that there are others out there that experience the same feelings that you do, which is a sort of bonding unavailable to those who find it difficult to communicate. For extroverts, it is a glimpse into the lives of those you see everyday, so quiet and inhibited, whom you fail to understand through your day to day experiences with them. All in all, though this collection bears a roughness inherent in any first publication, I will revisit it again and again, and look forward to reading more of the author’s work in the future.”

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Find Peace Within



“If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else”- Marvin Gaye


It’s hard to find peace today.  Watch any news program and you’ll be reminded of the wars and violence that are so prevalent around the world, in each of our countries, our cities, and even in some of our own neighborhoods.  Greed, hatred, selfishness, and a love of power has seeped in and stolen others’ innocence, faith in humanity, and an outward peace that we wish was reigning in humanity today.  We’ve learned that we can’t find peace in the world and that has left some of us feeling despondent.

It’s difficult to find peace in our daily lives as well.  Money troubles, school or job stress, our personal hang-ups or struggles, family or relationship problems, and even social media drama.  The list seems endless as we deal with the messy details in our lives.  These dilemmas can leave us full of anxiety, worry, and fear.  Sometimes we can turn to friends and family, but they will eventually fail us at some point, because they are only human also.

If we can’t find true peace in the world or in other people, where can we find it?  We have to look inside ourselves.  But can we create peace on our own?  No, we have to look to God.

“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:5-7

This verse always challenges me.  As a person who gets social anxiety in a crowded room or when I’m meeting new people, it’s hard to overcome my feelings and be at peace.  I also worry about the distant future and even what might happen to me in a coming week.  I forget that God is in control of everything and that He has already taken care of my future.  I focus on my circumstances instead of talking to Him about them.

If we would learn to let go and change our mindset about our lives, we might just find the serenity we desire.  Instead of opening our souls to dread and worry, we should greet each day with eager optimism and unbridled hope.  We can’t depend on the world or other people to create a peaceful atmosphere around us, but we can learn to find inner peace through prayer and surrender.  We have to give up trying to orchestrate our lives and remember that He is in control already.