In early Fall of 2017 I came across HJ Aridan’s poetry on Instagram & have since been mesmerized by her ability to translate feelings to words in just the right way. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said to myself, “THIS IS EXACTLY HOW I FEEL.” It’s soothing to know you share that with someone, it kinda connects us all. Human to human.
So of course when she published her first ever book, I had to buy it.
Aridan divided her work into two parts, The Dark Before & The Dawn, where her words are eloquently & perfectly placed within the categories. Unlike a lot of Insta-poets, I feel connected to every piece. Not just one or two. Some more than others, yes, but even if I haven’t been through what she’s writing about, I still feel it.
- What section do you think the above poem is from? (If you guessed The Dawn, yes. So much yes!)
- How does this poem make you feel? Powerful?
- Do you feel the radiation of self-love?
Going through something? Let this little black book be your healer. Not going through something? Let this little black book allow you to feel. Empathy is a virtue.
That passage above–I read it on days I need to love myself a little extra. Find your favorite poem(s), screenshot, bookmark, fold the physical page down & keep it on your nightstand for a rainy day. Or just a day.