Verbal Non-Verbal

verbal

Sometimes, I’m verbal
The words rush
They press
They insist on getting out of my head
They keep me awake at night
Unless I shut them up
Turn them off with meds

Sometimes, though,
I’m simply not
Sometimes, I’m non-verbal
The words are not there
I do jigsaw puzzles
Watch TV
Play with numbers
Rather than words

When the words fly
They are raucous
Noisily filling my mind
Needing to get out
I need relief
So, I write

Then, I must get
The racing commentary
Out of my mind
Onto the screen or paper
In black and white
Where later I reshape them
Edit them into something coherent

Perhaps
Or, perhaps,
Sometimes, I leave them
In a jumbled mess
All over the page

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26 thoughts on “Verbal Non-Verbal

  1. Seanín Hughes April 20, 2017 / 3:49 am

    This resonates enormously. I haven’t written yet about my own (extensive) experiences with mood disorders and writing, but this expresses an all too frequent reality so well.

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    • Kitt O'Malley April 20, 2017 / 11:30 am

      What you write resonates with me. Many poets struggle with mood disorders. Poetry speaks for them, and for you.

      Like

  2. Raegina March 29, 2017 / 3:08 am

    I always just have the words. Nodding all the way through this piece. Yes.

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  3. Just Plain Ol' Vic March 6, 2017 / 7:48 pm

    I enjoyed this “verbal” moment from you. Hope you are well and it is great hearing from you!

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  4. Susan Irene Fox March 6, 2017 / 11:47 am

    Oh, yes, I know those two dichotomies quite well, and there’s not much in between. And when the words aren’t there and I binge-watch Suits or the Great British Baking Show, I know I’m depressed so I let any words that might be simmer until they’re ready to be served up into a post or poem.

    Coming out of one of those times now, yet they seem to come more often as I age. Somehow, my poetry seems to communicate more clearly nowadays.

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  5. vanbytheriver March 6, 2017 / 5:10 am

    The urgency of those words…we all understand, Kitt. I often use stream of consciousness writing to sort out my own deepest feelings. Nice to see you here.

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    • Kitt O'Malley March 6, 2017 / 1:09 pm

      Stream of consciousness writing is a wonderful way of letting loose. Great writing exercise, too.

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  6. Marie Abanga March 5, 2017 / 11:39 pm

    Come to think of it Kitt; sometimes the bug will not leave me alone especially in some dark moments like when I lost my brother. The poetry inspiration, ha I conclude it has its seasons. Back then in Belgium the bug stung on the bus, in the loo on the dinner table, in class etc. Some days now, I do all I can to write some lines oh nada. Thanks for your post and glad you did write this one too. Hope you are striving.

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    • Kitt O'Malley March 6, 2017 / 1:05 pm

      Thank you, Marie. The Muse does strike at various times. I pray that writing has helped you grieve the loss of your brother. I know that he inspired you to help others in Cameroon. Thank you for all that you do, and for your words – so many that you’ve filled and published books.

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      • Marie Abanga March 7, 2017 / 12:00 am

        Yes Kitt, writing did help tremendously then. Wow I blogged twice a day, wrote a book on his journey in just one month, wrote articles for magazines back home, and etc etc. Now with his foundation and all the avenues lining up slowly but surely, I keep writing there and on my blog. I am at heart a mental health advocate and writing is one powerful way to get the word out right? All the best dear Kitt

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  7. Mark Lanesbury March 5, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    A small blessing if words like these can display the heart within Kitt, and the healing that expressing them give…regardless.
    Thank you for sharing 😀

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  8. dyane March 5, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    I completely relate to everything written here.

    The first stanza is particularly outstanding – the line “Turn them off with meds”- what a perfect way to express how to extinguish the onslaught of words.

    Your devoted follower,
    Dy

    p.s. I love your artwork!!!

    p.p.s. Methinks it’s time for some more spectacular flower images on Kitt O’Malley’s Instagram

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    • Kitt O'Malley March 5, 2017 / 11:12 pm

      Yep. Why there is a correlation between mood disorders and writing, especially of poetry.

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