Anger naturally conjures up negative images of violence and road rage, but there is more complexity to this emotion.  After seeing “Inside Out” and marveling at the nuanced portrayal of sadness, I left feeling frustrated that anger did not get enough positive regard. I was inspired to write something for anger.

Ode to Anger
By Rachel Goodman, MFT

Anger, thank you for waking me up!
I was surprised by your grand disruptive entrance.
Although it was uncomfortable when you made my
heart beat fast and my toes tingle,
I am glad you jolted me into my body
where I could feel my way
to my needs with new clarity and purpose.
Some say I should go looking underneath you
and ultimately release you.
Maybe eventually.
For now I am grateful for your company.
It is because of your clamoring that I can hear the sound of my own voice.
As a baby cries her needs to her parents, trying to get them met,
I tell myself my needs in order to take care of myself.
Thank you, anger, for your wake up call.
I am now listening.

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