Poetry Friday: Poetry and Anxiety

Today is Poetry Friday. The host this week is Margaret Simon at her blog Reflections on the Tech. Margaret is heavily involved in poetry and posts interesting work – her own creations as well as sometimes those of her students. Check it out. Thank you for hosting, Margaret!

Pasque Flowers on the Holland Sand Prairie. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2019. All Rights Reserved.

A Small Poem

If you are looking for a poem. I have just a small one to share from my playing along with Laura Purdie Salas’s poetry project for April. I finally went to her blog for a thorough explanation of what she was doing with “digging for poems” by using magnetic words.

I’m still unsure as to whether I did it correctly but I dug for five words:

storm(s), million(s), rainbow, lift, gurgle.

Here is the poem:

Search for Rainbows
For They Lift You
Over Millions of Storms…Gurgle!

© Draft, Carol Labuzzetta, 2023

Rainbow over the West Maui Mountains. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2015. All Rights Reserved.

All the words were from her word bank of magnetic poems. It was challenging and I was intrigued enough to look for a box of magnetic words when I was at Barnes and Noble on Wednesday.

So far this month, National Poetry Month, I haven’t had a lot of time to write poetry. The first few days of April were spent getting ready for my second public poetry reading; this time at a public library in La Crosse, Wisconsin. I read from my chapbook of poems last year at a poetry event at an art gallery in Iowa.

Despite some anxiety about doing it, the reading went well. I wrote about it in my Medium.com blog yesterday. You can read about it by clicking this Medium.com link.

Growth As a Poet and As a Person

Some degree of anxiety is good for me. I know that it helps me to prepare and try to do my best. Too much anxiety can prevent anything from happening. It can be paralyzing. Fortunately, I’ve never had it to that degree.

By reading my poetry, I grew both as a person and as a poet. I shared a craft or even talent (some might say) that I created. I shared it more eloquently than I did last year at the art gallery. I was more confident in my reading. I owned my work and made no apologies for it. Although I dreaded going to the reading, I ended up being glad I went and participated.

Photo by Carol Labuzzetta – Poetry Reading Program 2023.

I appreciated what others contributed to the evening, even if I did not understand their work. I was especially grateful for the librarian who organized the event made flyers and publicized it. I was honored to have both my son and a great friend attend.

I know I’ll continue to try and write poetry, publish, and share poetry. It has become part of who I am. Writing can be cathartic, therapeutic, and fulfilling all at the same time. I write because I need to write.

Poetry Month

Although I have not written a poem each day this month, I’ve written a few, edited a few more, had a public reading, and bought a poetry book of a peer who read at the Iowa event last May.

I’ve come to several conclusions this first week of National Poetry Month. They are:

Writing poetry is hard. Sharing poetry is harder.

Poetry is personal and highly subjective.

Poetry should be shared.

It takes practice to read a poem well (one of the differences between my reading last year and this year was that I practiced my poems).

Poetry should be accessible to those reading it. By this I mean there should be at least some understanding of what the poet is trying to convey.

I want to try my hand at writing some poetry about more difficult subjects that have touched my life such as miscarriage, giftedness, a feeling of being on the fringe, being an introvert, and more. These might be too personal to share. I usually write about things that bring joy, or awareness, or make me happy – the other subjects are a departure from that so I don’t know how I’ll do. The only way to know is to try.

Thank you for reading! I post daily at https://carollabuzzetta.medium.com/ and at least twice a week on WordPress where I am soon to have 1900 posts! I’d be pleased to have you follow me on either platform.

My chapbook, Life’s Inspiration and Reflection in a Few Words, is available on Amazon.

My poetry book features nature poetry, personality poetry, and haiku, as well as some backmatter on writing with children. © Carol Labuzzetta, 2022. All Right Reserved.

12 thoughts

  1. Carol, congratulations on your poetry book! And on the poetry reading you took part in. Good for you!

    I love your sweet poem about rainbows: “Search for rainbows / for they lift you…” It reminds me of Mr. Rogers’ quote about looking for the helpers. I’m having fun with Laura’s digging for poems prompts too.

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    1. Carol, Thanks so much! I’m glad you liked it. I will check out your invitation – I still need to read yesterday’s offerings for Poetry Friday. You are always so good and generous to me and the other poets. You are a gem! I’ve been running too much lately and need to slow down and catch up! Have a Happy Holiday!


  2. Carol, congratulations on the reading! That is excellent. I have big-time stage fright, but every once & a while push myself to do something like this. Your post is a reminder to do more. Thank you.

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    1. Susan, You are welcome! I think it’s important to try to push ourselves to grow. Good luck with the next time you do it. It’s hard, but I find a lot of satisfaction after it’s over – and it reminds me that I CAN do it!


  3. Rainbows are beautiful symbols of getting through storms. I once saw a double rainbow after a hurricane swept through our town. I knew everything would be OK.

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