Writing not just about, but WITH mental health issues

This is Mental Health Awareness Week as the media have been screaming out at us. How do you feel about the fact that mental health has been, up until recently, swept under social carpets and is now just emerging from the dustpans as an “OK” subject to talk about?

writers and mental health

As a writer, when you start scratching the surface of your own mental health you are likely to find a few worrying things lurking there.

Not for me to slag off science, PC commentators, Royal Family members and all the others who are hopping up on to the mental health bandwagons. No, bitchy though I am, these people are doing a great job in de-horrifying our views of mental health problems.

Writers and other creatives are almost expected to be a “bit loopy”

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Writing to someone who just lost a loved one

If you are on the point of facing the loss of a loved one, or just have, or you know someone who is doing so … you might find this blank verse poem helpful.

bereavement

No matter what a loved one has or will have left you for you to cherish, what matters is not what that is, but how you use it

I wrote it the other night because a wonderful family I know are about to lose their mother, who has been a friend of mine for many years. I’m not sure if this poem can reach out to that family, or indeed whether this would be appropriate now anyway.
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You can only judge by what would you might find helpful in the circumstances and in mine, yes – I will. I just hope others may find similar comfort from it.

Your loved one’s legacy

It’s not about what might have been
It’s about what has been
It’s about understanding what has been [Read more…]

Writing about Notre Dame – now that the fire’s out

If you were affected by the fire in Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral earlier this week, you might find this poem (not humorous this time) interesting as it looks at some of the controversy that now surrounds the whole repair issue.

Poem about Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame’s religion hurts.

Notre Dame:
Now that the fire’s out,
have we lit another one – or more?

Notre Dame, you icon, you
So many centuries now burned
History can’t know what to do
Now the flames have left you spurned.

Didn’t take long for the trolls
To smear and slag you off that day
Just minutes while your carcass falls
While modern bitterness held sway. [Read more…]

A poem if you’ve forgotten it’s UK Mothers’ Day

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If you’re in the UK – or your mother is – here’s a little ditty she may enjoy even if you’ve forgotten this special day…

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Poem to celebrate Mothers' Day UK
Happy UK Mothers’ Day, Mum

Hi there Mum, I tell you that
I’m sorry I’ve forgotten
To send you stuff to make you fat
And feel just plump and rotten. [Read more…]

A poem about political willie-waving, plus a few…

Feeling irritated by the political lunacy going on in UK and US politics? Me too. Here’s my reaction. Please share yours!

Political poem on How To Write Better

THE BREX-WALL SPECIAL 2019

Here in year twenty nineteen
Give this poem a good eyeball
Politics just make us scream
Brexit chaos, Trumpy’s wall [Read more…]

Valentine’s Day jokes and poems to make your day go with a, er, bang

A few years ago I curated some amusing Valentine’s Day (rude in places) content, and wrote quite a lot of new content in its honour.

Updated humour about Valentines Day on HTWBIf you should find yourself not quite in the gooey-eyed, romantic mood you should be in, say “to hell with it” and have some laughs. Here’s that content again…

Valentine’s Day rhyming couplets

Romantic first lines, not-so-romantic second lines

Love may be beautiful, love may be bliss
But I only slept with you, because I was p*ssed

I thought that I could love no other
Until, that is, I met your brother

Of loving beauty you float with grace.
If only you would hide your face. [Read more…]

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