Musings: How to Heal Yourself with Words

For a person who has always liked planning exit strategies, who doesn’t like investing time and effort into things or people – there has been one thing that has been a constant throughout her life: words.
Words, whether they came in the form of stories or books, or whether they have come in form of my own writing, have always comforted me.

Imagine my happiness when the new revolution began and Spoken Word Poetry became a huge success! So, if you are going through heartbreak and you would like to listen to something that gives you hope instead of listening songs/instrumentals on loop, here are the top five spoken word poetry that I always go back to:

Repetition by Phil Kaye 

Favourite Lines:
I work with words all day
Shut up, I know the irony!
When I was young, I was taught that the trick to dominating language
was breaking it down
Convincing it that it was worthless
I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you;
See, nothing.

Postcards by Sarah Kay

Favourite Lines:

Still now, I send letters into space.
Hoping that some mailman somewhere will track you down and recognize you from the descriptions in my poems.
That he will place the stack of them in your hands and tell you
“There is a girl who still writes you. She doesn’t know how not to.”

How to Succeed in Heartbreak by Victoria Morgan

Favourite Lines:
Write until you use every metaphor in your library
You start using the same one over and over
Because there’s only so many ways to describe being destroyed.

The Heartbreaker Poem by Bianca Phipps

Favourite Lines:
Four. You master the art of slipping away by starting small. Fix your body clock so you always wake up first, plot escape route like past time, force your heart to beat; just go, just go, just… Practice on the ones you love most, that way nothing can hurt you. You cannot break a mangled thing and you don’t know the last time your heart sounded like a heart.

The Loneliest Sweet Potato by Sabrina Beniam

Favourite Lines:
goodbye is the saddest word i know
the saddest word you know is my name
my name walks around at the grocery store and feels less sad
less sad because at the grocery store at least nobody knows
there's nobody in love with me

So, if you are crying into your Campbell’s chicken noodle soup, if you can’t stop writing to the guy who has not responded to a single text message or if you just use words as an escape to let out your own emotions after your father’s messy divorce, or if you have been plotting escape routes all your life to keep yourself from getting hurt – these are the poems for you. After all, with every heartbreak, come a poetry kind of night.


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