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May 17, 2016

Dear Anger. {Poem}

Thoth god of knowledge/Flickr

Burning in my chest, fire in my belly,
pounding and throbbing in my temples
until you finally got out
of the cage of my body.

For months, you tried desperately to escape.
I wouldn’t let you.
I saw you as a threat to others—
a danger to myself.

But you were steadfast,
stronger than your surroundings.
You found your way out.
And I’m glad you did.

I realized my perception of you was wrong.
I thought you would hinder my recovery,
but instead, you are impelling it.

Because without you, there can be no change
to all that is wrong in the world.
You remind me of the needs
that I must nurture.

As aggravating as you are,
right now, I need you.
You can’t stay forever.
Eventually you’ll have to go elsewhere;
perhaps you’ll transform into something else,
just as I have.

But for now, you can stick around.
After all, we have quite a bit of catching up to do.
Your job here is not complete,
but once it is, we’ll both know.

You are not as terrible as I judged you to be.
So thank you for befriending me.
May our relationship continue to be productive,
cathartic,
healing.

Love,

Me

 

Author: Pavita Singh

Editor: Nicole Cameron

Image: Thoth God of Knowledge/Flickr

 

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Pavita Singh

Pavita Singh—like Audrey Hepburn—believes in pink, in laughing, in kissing (a lot) and in miracles. She is a recent graduate of Yale University, where she received her Master of Public Health. Her passions include mental health, youth development, education, empowerment of girls and women, reproductive health and creative arts. Presently, she is actively involved with a variety of youth-empowerment based organizations. She is also a painter and recently opened an art gallery called Goodness Of My Art. Pavita has traveled in 20 countries, and she is excited to continue her explorational journey. She enjoys yoga, puzzles, cooking and baking, spending time with her family and friends and telling funny stories. Pavita welcomes connections on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.