My Mission

AN ALTERNATIVE TO FOOD AND FISTS

Growing up, whenever I was really upset, hurt, frustrated or sad, my tendencies were either to throw clothing across my bedroom and beat my pillows or raid the refrigerator.  However, I had a better outlet for all that negative energy that cut down on the violence toward bedding and excessive food consumption:

I wrote poetry.

With well-chosen words, I could validate my feelings and clear my mind.  No unnecessary weight-gain and no dramatic outbursts.

With time, when I shared what I had written with trusted friends and family, I found that my words were not only easy to comprehend to the average reader, but that I was able to express difficult feelings in a way that reached people.  My friends commented that I had a fearless way of describing sensations that most people are too afraid to speak about openly.

The key to finding this alternative to food and fists was encouragement that I received from my teachers and parents.  If a child is to succeed at almost anything, he or she needs it to be nurtured by trusted adults.  Receiving commendation and approval for what has been accomplished feeds the desire to continue.  That need changes little as we become adults but for children it’s imperative if they are to flourish and develop.

For this reason, I am organizing this blog for kids, teens and parents.  It’s a place for young poets to get ideas, get inspired and get writing.  It’s also a place for the parents of young poets to learn how they can encourage their children to express themselves through poetry.  There will also be helpful links to other websites for young writers to help them develop their skills, learn new styles, find writing apps and enter contests.

Welcome!

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3 thoughts on “My Mission

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    Jenny Yang said:
    August 3, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    I love how you frame it as an issue of choosing expressive words over “food or fists”! I remember one of the key moments when I realized I could use words as an outlet. We ACTUALLY had a 2nd grade test where we listened to a beautiful orchestral music piece and we were asked to draw a picture of what we heard! We were also able to use words. Who knew we could create such a direct connection between feelings and images and words. Awesome stuff. Cheers!

      yp25 responded:
      August 4, 2011 at 11:23 PM

      That’s a coincidence…Second grade was when I was also introduced to that kind of creative writing time. I loved it. I still use it from time to time when I have the block. I recommend it to everyone.

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