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Poetic Reflection on Anger

It may or may not be emotionally intelligent

Marcus aka Gregory Maidman
Paper Poetry
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3 min readApr 29, 2024


Created by jules - Miz Mindful using Canva Pro for this poem at writer’s request and guidance

can’t won’t don’t — I’ll try
mindfully hip, strive harder
possess self-EQ
feel heat making blood boil
listen but don’t lose control

The guts of that tanka emerged as most of the first three lines (which would have been a senryu) this morning while in hypnagogic space as I contemplated the lately-too-often competing conversations I have with my son and his mother (my ex-wife, friend, and co-parent) when he loses his shit on her. Understandably so to him and me. Not so to her.

Poet’s image — the other poem is now here

I urge him to control both his reactions and what he says to her in rage and frustration, which makes her angry, and then I hear from her, and the spiral descends into chaos.

Each of them is both right and wrong. This week, my collection of 12 short (17 and 31-syllable) philosophical poems included:

two wrongs do not a right make and no opposing rights need be wrong

(if what’s after the “and”…



Marcus aka Gregory Maidman
Paper Poetry

Living 17,043rd human life. I am Marcus (universal name) or you may call me Greg; a deep thinker; an explorer of ideas and the mind.