"Coping Mechanisms"

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God doesn't make trash, people do! 

"Coping Mechanisms"

Coping mechanisms, listen please..
funny things are these!
Some are effective, others not
all of us use these alot.

When we need an escape,
we have a drink, a cig, or go out and rape.
We might smoke a bit of weed,
not thinking about those we need to feed.
Some might toot a fat line of white,
rob somebody or start a fight.
Maybe, shoot up some heroine, thick and black.
But when its over, 
the problem always comes back.

Others will plant a seed,
or go for a walk,
call a good friend for a long talk.
Write down a line or two,
polish some silver,
or paint something new.
For them effective ways will always do.

We learn these mechanisms as babes, except a few,
monkey see, monkey do!
Or we are neglected, left to our own devices.
So find something on our own to do & pay the prices!
Anything to ease the pain,
anything to keep from feeling insane!
This is where the trouble starts
this is where we lose our smarts.

Hard to replace the bad, with a new right thing.
Like teaching a sqwauking bird not to sing!
Like unbreaking a cold cold heart,
there's nowhere to start!
Like the right way to tie a shoe,
we don't seem to know what else to do
we've always done it the same way,
change is tough, what can i say...

So if you see in this piece, a part of you?
Find a therapist, or a friend or a group or two,
not an enabler, they will help you out,
but in the end they will scream and shout.

That's not what you need to do,
you need a way to cope that doesn't hurt you.
So read my rhyme, and think it over for a time;
and see that you are capable, & what you can do!
When you learn to cope effectively,
like the successful people do.







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thecross commented on "Coping Mechanisms"

01-11-2011

A write that challenges the reader to think and ponder also to take responsibility for ones actions, great job

Tempestlady

01/12/2011

Thanks so much for your input. I thought it was a good one. Write on.....Tlady

BigDaddyCash commented on "Coping Mechanisms"

11-21-2009

Coping mechanisms aren’t so funny...Some of them can cost a lot of money. For example shooting dope or smoking pot inflation sets the plot. If you are one of those people filled with denial and life feels to you like a bucket of bile don’t worry friend your right in style, so get with your friends in single file. Now there are what some call normal folk and I laugh at how these people cope. However it’s not funny life’s not a joke so I’m going to send them to you to learn how to cope. LOL, BDC

Tempestlady

11/21/2009

guess I should have said odd things. Not funny at all you are right, some try to quit with all their might. So well until a lonely night, or a fight. Thanks for your word, message was clear and heard. Write on...

WordSlinger commented on "Coping Mechanisms"

08-20-2009

Word, I like spending time with my horse, and spending time with friends, and a cool story teller helps alot.

Tempestlady

08/23/2009

Sounds like those are positive ways to cope. Good job.

frog commented on "Coping Mechanisms"

08-20-2009

Wow! Powerful words in this one. I loved it. Great message and great poem combined!

Tempestlady

08/20/2009

thanks, glad you could relate. Peace

Vincent commented on "Coping Mechanisms"

08-20-2009

One joint, one bourbon, one beer, I know it won't change a damn thing, but,but,but, hell, lost my train of thought, stoned again lol smiles Vincent

Tempestlady

08/20/2009

Thanks Vincent, your a gem. Thanks for reading...Peace.

Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) U.S. poet.

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