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Poetry Corner – Feelings

Today I feel…

I feel

I feel.

I don’t know what I feel.

Discomfort and unease

War for my attention –

A roiling, boiling


In the pit of my stomach

And a tightening

In my chest.

I don’t know the words

To put to these things

I feel.

“I feel” is like a lie –

“Happy,” “sad,” “angry,” “Glad” –

These are thoughts but we

Do not feel them.

We feel lumps in the throat

And tingling hands,

A sob building up in our chest

And behind our eyes.

Labeling thoughts and abstract ideas

As “feelings”

Is a disservice we’ve done ourselves.

Acknowledge the things we feel,

Connect them to our thoughts

But let them not be ruled by words –

Feelings are so much


Than how we describe them.


I feel.

I feel them in my core,

Deep down in my soul –

Not as musings in my mind,

But as sensations

In my body.

I feel.

I feel.

I remind myself of that –

That despite everything,

I feel.


Comments on: "Poetry Corner – Feelings" (2)

  1. tamaclagan said:

    Hi Emily! I’ve really been enjoying your blog and want to nominate you for the Liebster Blogger Award. You can find more information about the Liebster over on my blog at http://wp.me/p3hBCN-3G

    • I’m glad to hear that you’ve been enjoying my blog! I’ve been nominated several times for this award, so I won’t be doing it again, but I do appreciate it! Thanks. 🙂

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