When you’re sick, life can get boring and grey. There’s a lot of time to spend when you’re stuck in a place you don’t want to be! Whether it’s school, a hospital room, or simply a place with negative energy, it’s easy to get wrapped up and carried away in thoughts that can cycle and make you anxious or impatient. I would count the melancholy ticking of the clock, or stare out the window and wish for all the places I couldn’t be. In a world of black and white, I had to make color. I began writing raps, or poems on the backs of worksheets or paper pieces I could find, and drifting towards a new source of energy instead of sitting in impatience. Try rhyming out the things you feel! There is always a melody in the air, or potential for creativity. They can be funny, sad, angry, stupid; you’re the artist! And it’s your expression.

Here are some of mine:

When you’re feelin’ blue

Ain’t nothin to do

Go thru the tick of the tock

Been stackin’ pattens like blocks

But then I see on the side of the knock

A bigger sunrise to top

The silhouettes and the knots

That build their nests in my thoughts

So all the things I forgot

I’ll stick my head out to learn

We’re gonna climb up the rocks

Until it’s red that will burn

Sometimes, it’s more fun to do sillier things:

My dog is really cool

He’ll teach you to make ice cream

and he didn’t go to school!

A dolla for a milkshake

He can can holla like a hound,

Vanilla is so filling

Got my stomach feelin’ round!

Sometimes, the best way of expression is to pick up a pen and see what happens! Your spark of creativity is out there, and it doesn’t have to be a Mona Lisa!  There is light to be found in the darkest of nights; in the greyest of worlds. Art is yours to put in existence, yours to play with, as physical and timeless as the souls we sing it from.

Sophie Clark
Sophie loves positivity and finding energy in the darkest of places!