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Anger Management for The Well Mannered Woman

by Sandy M. Humphrey

“What are we going to do with all this anger?”

The counselor’s sweet voice inquires

my darkest angel sardonically smiles
"There is no WE it’s just me and I will probably stuff it back into it’s hole
for this anger runs deep like murky molten lava bubbling from shadows
held in check for maybe centuries my dear, letting it loose at the wrong
time would surely leave destruction in its wake so let’s just say
I have an anger ball boiling and I want to save it for a rainy day”

My counselor thanks me for letting her see it and reminds me
It is important to recognize and feel our emotions.

Yet this one seems best left not shared, for it has legs.
Long hairy ones that would run amuck before sanity restored I could seize it
And tackle it to the ground. No fury is best left controlled in my case.

I can let it breathe at times in rants at the top of my lungs when only God can hear
As I rail at the windshield whilst driving alone through traffic.
I can scream in my room with the speakers blaring to cover the noise so the neighbors
Do not run dialing 911 thinking some emergency has risen and danger is lurking,
Beat pillows into submission and throw them as dogs look inquisitively on!

Or I could write it all down describing in detail the wrongs and injustices
That spur the rage and feed it’s red eyes. Words that tear at pages with
Sharp edges shrieking as they collide into one another sans punctuation
Until the well is bled dry as I stare hollow yet satisfied knowing true
Sanctification will be had when I shred pages or better yet meet
Fire with fire and watch as all fury turns to ash………(sigh)

Only then will I exhale relieved of the burden
Of having carried around such resentment unwieldy
Letting go and forgiving myself for having felt it in the first place
But that is how it is in the world of only woman after all

Sometimes off this pedestal even the most pious fall
But the free fall is worth it
If you can get your footing in the end.


Posted on 03/04/2009
Copyright © 2020 Sandy M. Humphrey

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Charlie Morgan on 03/05/09 at 12:32 AM

...sandy, you penned a gem this time gal...you handled a tough subject in a digestable manner, ahhh well-mannered nahahahaha, sandy this is serious work, love all the words you use for the dialogue, i can just hear the counselor, since i am one...makes me love it more!

Posted by Nanette Bellman on 03/05/09 at 12:32 AM

I can totally see you saying the dialouge to a counselor with a devilish smirk on your face. It's like telling them they have no idea what you're capable of and just how wrong they are when they say "what are WE going to do about this?". This is soo very true all and all.

Posted by George Hoerner on 03/05/09 at 12:54 AM

Sandy, yelling is great sometimes. It beats putting you fist through the wall!.

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 03/05/09 at 08:15 PM

Well, it sure looks good on paper....and maybe that's a good place to work these things out. Honestly, a great read. Thanks.

Posted by Rhiannon Jones on 03/08/09 at 03:28 AM

Anger with legs. Hairy ones. Yes, I like that!

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 03/08/09 at 01:48 PM

A great read and very true- Conselors don't have the answers- they lie with you. I was told that I need Anger Management, but I know where my anger is coming from and there ain't no magic pill to get rid of it. Rant, rave, cry, scream,beat pillows. It'll save you alot of time and money. Good write- very honest!

Posted by Laurie Blum on 03/09/09 at 12:39 AM

Entertaining, delightful, skillfully wrtten and all too true!

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 09/09/09 at 11:40 PM

Laughing spurting laughter -and weeping, tears coming out of my ears!
"Sharp edges shrieking as they collide into one another sans punctuation" Og! I love this!
The question is: What are we going to do about you?!!! Love every worthy word + fave!

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 09/14/09 at 05:04 PM

I love this set against the counselor's "sweet voice". Your images split it open and let it out - I admire that more than you know! Thank you.

Posted by Glenn Currier on 07/31/10 at 04:04 PM

I read here a turbulent journey and a journal of acceptance and hope. The trip can be fun, but it can be horrible too, but it is nice when you land on your feet, look around and figure out what you have learned. Good write, Sandy.

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