When I get Angry

angryWhen I Get Angry
by Stig
Aged 9

  When I feel grumpy I do not like a laugh.

Instead I feel tense and tight.

My head is rushing with anger.

I start to get out of control.

Then bang I blow.

I want to run and be free.

If I am stuck I lash out.

When I lash out I get into more trouble.

I cannot stop.

Eventually I calm.

I feel a heavy sadness.

My son wrote this during a two day exclusion from school following a particularly extreme outburst of anger. You can read more about it here and here. I also wrote a poem that week maybe I’ll share mine on Prose for Thought next week, click the badge to find out more….

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  1. Stix January 24, 2013 / 9:51 am

    Wow, he’s got a really great understanding of his emotions, and found a great way of expressing them too. Lovely poem Stig x

    • thepuffindiaries January 24, 2013 / 10:01 am

      It’s the thing I know will help through, his understanding. x

  2. ThaColorGray January 24, 2013 / 10:16 am

    Your son is a very good writer:-) Hats off to you young man!
    Thanks for the great post!

    • thepuffindiaries January 24, 2013 / 10:22 am

      I’m sure he will be very please to see your comment. Thanks.

  3. Victoria Welton January 24, 2013 / 11:14 am

    What a fantastic use of expression by Stig. Please tell him that if he can use poetry as a form of emotional outlet then it will serve him well – it does for me. He certainly has his Mums creative side. Thanks for joining the linky again, so supportive :) x

  4. Jaime Oliver January 24, 2013 / 2:28 pm

    what an incredible poem that very clearly says how he feels! amazing!

    • thepuffindiaries January 24, 2013 / 5:49 pm

      Thanks Jaime. He had no help all his own work. Very proud. x

      • Jaime Oliver January 24, 2013 / 7:34 pm

        I would be proud too … it really is fantastic!

  5. older mum in a muddle January 25, 2013 / 7:16 am

    That’s very impressive – I don’t think I was that emotionally aware at 9 years old!

    • thepuffindiaries January 25, 2013 / 7:30 am

      We do talk a lot about his feelings and what they feel like to help him recognise his anger. But yes he is impressive.x

  6. Mrs TeePot (@TeePotTweets) January 26, 2013 / 1:07 pm

    Very talented. It’s a good way to work through your feelings, I wrote a lot of poetry as a child.

    • thepuffindiaries January 26, 2013 / 3:59 pm

      Thank you. He is very good at describing his feelings.

  7. Mummy Plum January 26, 2013 / 8:25 pm

    Dear Stig. You’re a great writer. If you can talk or write about how you feel, you’re always part of the way to feeling better. :0)

  8. fabfortymum January 26, 2013 / 11:34 pm

    I’m just managing to get caught up with everybody now Sarah. I have to say wow, what an amazing Wordsmith he is, that is a really impressive piece of writing for a 9 yr old. You must be very proud of him and rightly so x

  9. Actually Mummy January 27, 2013 / 6:50 pm

    It must be tough managing a temper when you’re young. That’s an amazing way to describe how you feel

    • thepuffindiaries January 27, 2013 / 7:17 pm

      He’s doing such an amazing job of dealing with his anger but sometimes it wins. Understanding it like he does really helps.

  10. there and back again... a mother's tale January 28, 2013 / 11:31 am

    Such an expressive poem, I’m impressed, you must be very proud, learning to manage emotions is one of the hardest life lessons, what a gem he is :)

  11. Lindsay February 12, 2013 / 3:56 am

    What an expressive little fellow he is! So insightful and well written, thanks for sharing!

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