A New Start


Let the desolation and frustration fill up my lungs
Like tears fill up your eyes, and also mine;
Like river waters, which turned into oceans, fill up the clouds;
Let them all fill up with content,
Until they satisfy the need in our hearts
‘Til they burst into inaudible screams, silent cries,
Streams that will somehow wash away all our sins
And provide us with just what we need to bring peace
Back to our lives.
Let frustration build up, transform, die off,
Then bring about new beginnings,
Bring about a new start.

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  1. Stace on October 24, 2022 at 3:49 PM

    This poem reminded me of advice I always here, “allow yourself to feel your emotions.” In this poem, I heard you urging us to feel the emotion of frustration and let that fuel us to “bring about new beginnings…a new start,” and I really felt that. Though some emotions are labeled as “negative,” they are still emotions that we feel and experience, and we can use those emotions to bring about positive changes. Thank you for sharing with us.

  2. Paul on October 24, 2022 at 4:11 PM

    I like the imagery, it’s very relatable and helps me understand the author’s feelings.

    This poem can speak to anyone going through a rough time. In the end hope is what gets us through it.

  3. Tiff on October 25, 2022 at 10:58 AM

    Beautiful poem! It reminds me of meditation the way you describe allowing the build-up of frustration and negativity to die off or wash away. Keep up the fantastic work!

  4. EH on October 25, 2022 at 4:26 PM


    This poem was written beautifully. In it you discuss uncomfortable feelings yet in such a delicate and comforting way. The first three lines paint such a vivid image of what unchecked frustration might feel like, “like rivers, which turned to oceans, fill up the clouds” is just such a powerful simile showing this cycle of pent up frustration that might start off so small and the new beginnings that may come with its cycle. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this piece

  5. Samantha Haviland on October 25, 2022 at 7:43 PM

    Hello, I enjoyed reading your poem. The way you describe frustration is incredibly vivid, it reminds me of choking and drowning. I might suggest using other ways to convey similarities instead of the work “like” such as, metaphors which encourage the reader to make their own connections. Great Job.

  6. Chelsea Bolan on October 26, 2022 at 1:50 PM

    Hi AC,
    Your poem reflects so much of our experience as human beings–the difficult emotions we must feel in our bodies before they can transform into something new and hopeful. I can feel it when you write about the frustration and desolation in your lungs, eventually turning into storm clouds and rain that then wash away sins–clearing the way for inner peace. And a new chance. This is something we can all relate to as human beings.

    You use such beautiful language in your poem. These lines really touched me:
    “Like tears fill up your eyes, and also mine;
    Like river waters, which turned into oceans, fill up the clouds;”

    I was curious about the the word “content” in the fourth line. I first read it as meaning “something contained,” like letting the ocean and your lungs fill up with the content of yourself.

    When I read your poem the second time, I read “content” as meaning “peaceful, happy, calm.” I was curious to know which one you intended. If the first, I was curious about these contents you hold in yourself.

    Thank you so much for writing this poem, as I also wrestle with feeling tough emotions–as we all do. It felt like the sun coming up.

  7. Kelli on October 27, 2022 at 9:13 AM

    It defines so much intense feelings into words; an emotional experience. Well written.

  8. Meghan on October 27, 2022 at 11:22 AM

    This is a wonderful poem with a great topic. It is great to hear that you are putting the bad past behind you, and you are starting new. This is the first step in developing into a better person and changing your life. I love how you use a lot of imagery to convey the point of your hard past life. It really beings me as a reader. Great job, keep up the good work!

  9. Ainsley on October 27, 2022 at 2:56 PM

    Hi AC,
    This is such an inspiring poem. I love the message you portray about implementing change for a new and hopefully better beginning. I think this journey of feeling so miserable somewhere, whether it be because of the physical location, the people there, the things going on, or just what’s going on in your own head, until it essentially almost breaks you and you’re forced to move on in any aspect, is something a lot of people can relate to. The language you used is very vivid and expresses your feelings of frustration so well. New beginnings can be what is necessary sometimes, to bring peace as you said. Things can get very bad, but if you put in the effort to make change, they can get so much better. Thank you for sharing!

  10. KC on October 27, 2022 at 4:56 PM


    I love the imagery you create of tears washing away our sins. This is powerful! I can sense the tone shift from angry, sad, and painful to fresh and strong. I hope you find this strength and newness in your life!

  11. Julia Santosuosso on October 27, 2022 at 8:17 PM

    This is absolutely beautiful. Sometimes when we are faced with hard times or unfortunate circumstances it can be very hard to realize that there is even the slightest possibility of making it through. The frustration or sadness tries to consume us with all of its might, but as long as we do not allow that to happen, it’ll become clear to us that there is possibility of more. There is possibility for change. There is possibility for new beginnings. And your words reminded me of that. Thank you so much for sharing.

  12. HL on October 28, 2022 at 2:42 PM

    Hi AC! This poem contains some incredibly visceral, vivid, and visually appealing descriptions that I can’t get enough of. The use of concrete, physical body parts (lungs, heart, eyes) adds an intimacy with the piece that I was not expecting, and I’m not used to seeing. It was beautiful! Your similes and metaphors scream creativity, and my favorite lines were the second and third where you gorgeously describe the transference of water in all its forms (tears, rivers, oceans, clouds). Absolutely amazing. I love that there are some slant rhymes at the end of some of the lines (mine/cries/ lives/die) and the intensity yet subtlety of your writing style is nothing short of beautiful. I could read poems like this all day and never grow tired of it. Amazing work, and please keep writing!!!

  13. Jaxson Pawlowski on October 29, 2022 at 8:26 AM

    An excellent way to describe a good cry, sometimes we just need to let it out! This was amazing to read about the hard times we go through but just let it come out and get through it!

    Desolation is a great word choice, so powerful and unique!

    I really enjoyed this poem and writing! I hope you too can have a new beginning! I wish you the best!


  14. ken on October 30, 2022 at 4:38 PM

    This poem was so well written. You used such good words to paint a picture in readers minds!! Keep up the great work! and never stop writing!

  15. Conor Thompson on October 30, 2022 at 5:45 PM

    Hey AC I hope you are doing well! Awesome poem by the way I hope you keep it up! Why I picked yours is the symbolism that I see in this poem and thought going into it. I think my favorite part is how you compared it to Noahs arc even if you didn’t say it. I hope if this poem is about you can get that fresh start soon.

  16. Anna on October 30, 2022 at 5:51 PM

    Hey AC, I enjoyed this poem so much and I just wanted to thank you for sharing it! I can really feel the pain and emotion in your words and it is so powerful. I can’t speak for you, however, I imagine these are hard times for you and I just want to remind you to stay strong and that good things are coming. Don’t stop writing, thank you again for sharing.

  17. Jill on October 30, 2022 at 9:14 PM

    I really like the wording used in this poem it created a sense of imagery and a strong story. This poem showed how even though we may be frustrated once we get it all out tomorrow is a new day and a new start for better things to come. Keep up the great work!!

  18. Emily on October 30, 2022 at 10:02 PM

    This piece is one filled with emotion. Your choice of words is particularly good and conveys the message you want. Nicely done!

  19. aaliyah on October 30, 2022 at 11:00 PM

    Hello AC, I want to start of by saying how much I loved your poem. The language you used here flowed together smoothly and was captivating. I can feel the strength between your sentences, and the motivation you have, and give off as you describe the refreshens of a new start. Finding peace after living in what feels like chaos, is a really hard thing to do, but it’s not impossible! I admire the way you think, and how you hold onto hope, knowing that one day where you stand the grass will be greener. I want to thank you for writing and sharing this poem, it really was touching.
    I wish you the best- Aaliyah

  20. Amelia on October 30, 2022 at 11:09 PM

    This poem is very inspiring and filled with great imagery and diction. I like your use of descriptive scenes to help connect the reader to your true emotions. Thank you for sharing, I encourage you to keep writing!

  21. S. A. Clearwater on October 31, 2022 at 11:03 AM

    Wonderfully evocative line: let frustration build up, transform, die off, then bring about new beginnings….

  22. Nora on October 31, 2022 at 7:26 PM

    Your poem depicts the depth of your emotion so well. Before your last stanza that focuses of that uphill battle for a new start or change of any kind, focuses on your past. Crying and tears are a continues part in the past you share, however every time they are introduced depicted in a different way. The different depiction enriches your poem.

  23. Mackenzie Curry on October 31, 2022 at 8:45 PM

    Hi AC,
    I really enjoyed reading your poem. This was a short poem, yet it was full of depth. Reading this poem made me realize that starting a new is a really important thing. I have felt the need to start over so many times, but I wasn’t sure how to do. I wasn’t sure if I was able to move on from things, something is too hard to move on from. But if you learn how to it would be much easier to move through life more positively. Really great job! Please keep writing poems!

  24. Abigail walsh on October 31, 2022 at 9:18 PM

    The comparison of emotions with physical actions of tears so the amount of emotion. This shows the overwhelming amount of emotion. The need to satisfy heart with emotion shows the link between emotional and physical pain. The analogy of silent screams could also show the need to let out these emotions without being able to. This is very well done in the poem. The scream also washes away sins that show when releasing these emotions it helps to deal with them. The letting out these emotions creates a new start, a very strong powerful message. Very well done analogy.

  25. Alexis R Toolan on October 31, 2022 at 9:55 PM

    I love the raw emotion in your poem. The honesty of the pain one has to face for them to heal. A lot of people do not allow themselves to face these emotions due to the fear of being weak, but facing these emotions allows for recovery and is a sign of strength and growth. I give you a lot of respect for being able to face these emotions and to be able to talk about them. The ending of your poem was my favorite part to read. It shows the growth and recovery of a new start to life. It made me happy that you were able to turn the negative feelings around and I wish you the best in your future!

  26. Kayla MaLaren on October 31, 2022 at 11:22 PM

    I think this is an amazing poem. It’s tells a story of how you go through the worsts time of your life but how you don’t get over your problems, but you go through them and feel the pains. I think you have to feel the pains of life events to actually move on. If you push all your feelings away and don’t deal with them then you won’t have room for new beginnings. I love how touched on starting new beginnings. Everyone deserves new beginnings. Please keep writing!

  27. Lucy Elliott on November 2, 2022 at 12:52 PM

    Appreciate the passion of this poem. Expresses emotion and has a positive resolution.

  28. Margie on November 5, 2022 at 8:34 AM

    Thank you AC for this beautiful poem. I love the images you use – tears, river waters, filling up and then bursting and washing away our sins. Yes! And then peace and new beginnings. I found your poem so honest and also hopeful, from desolation to a new start.

  29. Jaxson Pawlowski on November 6, 2022 at 4:55 PM

    “Like river waters, which turned into oceans, fill up the clouds;
    Let them all fill up with content” – One example of how descriptive and creative this poem is!

    Crying is a great way to get frustration and pain out so you can grow, it’s a great topic to write and read about!

    “Bring about a new start” – My new favorite way to say that! Also, a great way to end the poem by talking about new beginnings!


  30. Oshane on November 6, 2022 at 8:38 PM

    I like your poem and use of imagery My favorite lines are where you state:

    “Let frustration build up, transform, die off,
    ‘Til they burst into inaudible screams, silent cries,
    “Then bring about new beginnings,”

    I can relate to it that letting go of your frustrations and venting helps to set your mind at ease and brings forth new beginnings.

  31. Emma Clark on November 11, 2022 at 9:14 AM

    I would first like to say that this poem is beautifully written. It plays into emotion very strongly!!!

  32. Natalia on November 13, 2022 at 11:06 PM

    You have created very good imagery that allows the reader to feel the emotion you are feeling. I felt moved by the intense emotion at the beginning that calms down at the idea of a new beginning. This piece has great language and is overall a fantastic poem. Keep writing and using poetry as a form to express yourself!

  33. Lucy Dugan on November 14, 2022 at 11:51 AM


    Your poem is truly captivating. You have such a great way of capturing your emotions and being vulnerable, which is what poetry is really about. I love how throughout the poem it conveys emotions of being sad and angry, but at the end you change directions and leave with a more positive tone of letting go. Keep it up!

  34. Ruby on November 14, 2022 at 1:54 PM

    Hi AC, this writing is powerful. The comparison of emotions to air in your lungs, waters, and clouds creates a great visual out of something invisible. I like how the poem shifts from dark to light when at the end you highlight a new beginning/start after the hard times. You are so strong, thank you for being vulnerable.

  35. Kayla on November 16, 2022 at 1:25 PM

    I want to say that this is a beautiful poem. It shows the cycle of emotions. It shows that everyone’s emotions are extremely valid and you’re allowed to feel them. It shows that the cycle of strong emotions is to let the feelings come in, build up, transform, and die off. I think if you sit on your feeling they can change with more thinking. I also think that it’s good to just scream and yell your feelings out sometimes, it can be such a nice release and then they are out in the open and out of your mind so you don’t have to over think them. Thank you for sharing!!!

  36. McKenzie Gordon on November 17, 2022 at 11:50 AM

    This poem truly spoke to me. I feel like in a way, it depicts how a lot of people feel nowadays. It is comforting to see, and it makes people feel less alone. Although this is touching, it still shines a light on hope as well. Keep up the good work.

  37. Crystal E. on November 20, 2022 at 10:34 AM

    I hope you continue expressing your feelings and emotions, especially frustration, through writing poetry.
    Your poem leaves me with the hope that you will find solace from pain and peace of mind through this endeavor.

  38. Crystal E. on November 20, 2022 at 10:46 AM

    Your poem, “A New Start,” is quite expressive and moving. You are brave to bare your emotions and feelings about the future and to share your hopes for finding peace out of pain. I hope you continue to use the medium of poetry to find solace and understand how one person’s words can bring meaning to so many.

  39. Sam on November 20, 2022 at 2:31 PM

    Impressive use of simile in the first few lines. I enjoyed the use of water imagery throughout this poem, as if the water’s cleansing power (the emotional resilience of the author) brings strength to continue on.

  40. Safwan on November 21, 2022 at 8:09 PM

    Beautiful prose and great use of smilie, the imagery is so easy to visualize and I can wildly relate to requiring a cry to reset, great poem

  41. Devyn Payne on November 22, 2022 at 10:34 AM

    A unique and thought-out poem. To start a new beginning, one must learn from their past and grow from it rather than let that past weigh their future down. Allowing yourself to go through the pain of coming to terms with your past is the best way to start a brand-new future.

  42. Meghan on November 22, 2022 at 10:53 AM

    This is an incredible poem with a lot of descriptive language and similes to convey your point. It is a very professional poem which is impressive. My favorite part is “Let frustration build up, transform, die off, then bring about new beginnings, bring about a new start.” It is very good that you are aware of the bad life that you had and want to start a new one. Keep up the great writing, the future is bright!

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