False Positivity (Three Poems)

All too often society pressures us to remain positive whatever the cost. I wrote this poem to explain the importance of accepting your true feelings because you need to process them in order to heal. Denying sadness and pain in an effort to seem constantly positive may well eventually have negative side effects such as chronic illness.

I decided to group these three poems together as they both cover the same topic.

Positivity is the way to go

Negativity? A big fat “NO!”

This is awesome, that is cool …

Negativity breaks the rule

The Thought Police are watching you

To your thoughts you can’t be true

Pretend that it’s all hunky-dory

Your feelings inside are a different story

But these directives are so hard to swallow

In negativity it’s so easy to wallow

Why must negativity be taboo

When it’s also a part of me and you?

As long as we’re true to how we feel

We can face our emotions and help ourselves to heal

Feeling guilty for feeling bad is unproductive and really quite mad

Those who tell us to “buck up!” need to learn to “shut up!”

Being positive all the time?

There is no reason, there is no rhyme!

Utopia and Soma didn’t work out

So what is all this fuss about?

Learn to accept how you feel inside

No one has the right your feelings to deride


Don’t ever feel guilty for feeling sad
Work through those emotions – both the good and the bad
Sometimes we need to feel down and out
So that we know what happiness is about
Vent to the people who truly care
Because if they do, they’ll WANT to be there.
Don’t give up hope for a better tomorrow
Because your positivity will eclipse all that sorrow


Someone told me they like my light
But lately I don’t feel so bright
Society tells us to do things with a smile
To fake it till we make it
To show some guile
Sadness is scorned
We drug ourselves with “Soma”*
Emotions are pawned
Our hearts are in a coma
Our feelings eat away at us
Like a malignant melanoma

So it’s best to be honest
And accept how we feel
Be ourselves with those we trust
And try to keep it real
I may not feel inspiring today
Or make your sadness go away
But try to do what’s best for you
And to your feelings always be true.
* Happy drug given to people in Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World”.


By Sarah Downing

My name is Sarah. I was born and grew up in England and currently live in Düsseldorf, Germany, with my fiancé Corey and my cuddly cat Biscuit. I work as a translator and writer for my own company Aardwolf Text Services (www.aardwolf.de) and I love vintage clothes and music, as well as singing karaoke.

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