Sweeten your journal with poetry jam

Sun is shining through the trees
A gentle breeze on elbows and knees
Bees buzz gently in the air
Peace and calm are –
Wait!
Not there!
Mommy watch me
Watch me play
Run and jump and climb and sway
Kiss my scrape when I fall
Keep your eyes on me each time I call
Good job
Great climbing
Laughter and pride
Mom says yes
Takes it in stride
But sometimes mommy reaches her limit
And needs the sun and peace
Just for a minute

Every once in awhile my brain thinks in poetry – does yours? Simple verse that is catchy and cute. We visited the park two days ago and this came to mind, so I wrote it down quickly on my handy smartphone. (I keep a digital journal on my smartphone for the rare moments when I don’t have my paper and pen handy.)

Writing poems and playing with words is one more way of engaging with your journal. When I came up with this poem, it was in the moment and expressed a sentiment that I was feeling at the time. It’s also a little more fun than a rant about how the kids can’t seem to leave me alone for a few minutes at the park. Of course, I have rant-writing in my journal too, but sometimes a poem can make my point and satisfy an urge to be creative in the moment.

I regularly hear from people who want to journal but aren’t sure what to write or where to start. Sometimes we don’t want our writing to be deep or serious, but we still want to capture an important idea or feeling.

Poems, drawings, images, doodles, different colors in your journal…all of these are ways to work within your journal and keep yourself into it.

Look around you right now. What’s happening? Can you take three minutes to jot down a verse about your surroundings? And if you’re inspired to share your verse I would love to read it. You can share in the comments below or visit me on Facebook.

Happy journaling!

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Sara Marchessault is a coach, writer, and mom who is on a mission to increase joy on the planet. Through the practice of self-reflection, we become aware of what brings us joy and what does not, and we make choices to move forward or stand still. Journal writing is a powerful reflection tool that can help any of us move forward, even in the darkest of times. To learn more about Sara and her work in the world, please visit saramarchessault.com.

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