i wasn't going to post this, it's more than a little artificial, but william's essay led me to think there is something here worth exploring.

steps one and two




something bad happened.

not to me, not near, but it happened.

now i begin the process of purging,

replacing the images with healthy,

wholesome images of my own, of my own doing.

it makes me sad beyond my ability

to communicate that such things happen,

have happened, will happen again.


writing is a step in the process.

being with friends is another.

being in a beautiful place is another.

living life mundanely is another.


it takes time, and even then

it never goes away, only retreats

to become part of the background,

lurking, waiting to be recalled.

it didn't happen to me. it had nothing

to do with me. yet, here i am, on step one

of the journey back to something

resembling my former self.




step two is to listen to bach






like the sound of a bell calling people to prayer,

the noise of the human day grows suddenly louder.


~found poetry by fernado pessoa, the book of disquiet


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Written on 2015-08-22 at 16:50

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Jamsbo Rockda The PoetBay support member heart!
Sometimes we feel bad and we don't know the reason. The steps you are taking sound pretty good. I would also drink more chocolate milk.

Arunesh dixit
Clear steps for a happier life. Thanks for posting this. ... :)

Mozart would be my personal choice but Bach is close. :)

Sounds like two very sensible and effective steps toward emotional equilibrium and re-framing a traumatic events in perspective. I personally have used these steps (occasionally two steps, sometimes one, and many times a hundred) to try to make some sense out of upheaval and suffering and to get back to normalcy.

Bach for me, might not do the trick--I'd probably listen to some heart-wrenching Burt Bacharach/Hal David song--but music definitely does have to power to heal. What would we do without it?

I think this is beautiful and very caring. I am glad you posted this too.

ken d williams The PoetBay support member heart!
So happy that you posted this write , OTP.
Ken D