Mood writing and Poem Favoured

I think I write the best when I’m angry.
What do you think? Do you think I do?

What mood do you write best in or in what mood do you write the stuff you like best?

Or what mood do you do you like to read the most in poems.
For me, it’s that quiet anger or distaste. Like I get in Robert Frost’s poem ‘Provide, Provide’. I love this poem so much, with it’s strong cynicism and rhythm. That’s why it’s the new Poem Favoured.

Provide, Provide
– Robert Frost

The witch that came (the withered hag)
To wash the steps with pail and rag,
Was once the beauty Abishag,

The picture pride of Hollywood.
Too many fall from great and good
For you to doubt the likelihood.

Die early and avoid the fate.
Or if predestined to die late,
Make up your mind to die in state.

Make the whole stock exchange your own!
If need be occupy a throne,
Where nobody can call you crone.

Some have relied on what they knew;
Others on simply being true.
What worked for them might work for you.

No memory of having starred
Atones for later disregard,
Or keeps the end from being hard.

Better to go down dignified
With boughten friendship at your side
Than none at all. Provide, provide!



  1. spasmicallyperfect · February 22, 2008

    Since I don’t have the privilege of ‘knowing’ you, I can’t really answer question number one.

    As far as myself, I think I am inspired to write the most when either a) feeling LOVE (not necessarily meaning the romantic kind) or b) when I am sad/melancholy/pensative. Somedays a and b don’t exclude themselves.

    The best poems I think write the morning after, by which I mostly mean rewriting what often is too full of emotion when I first wrote it…… know what I mean?

  2. zaphodfreek · February 23, 2008

    Well…..I kind of meant in my poetry.
    I mean, does my angriness come across?

    I think I know what you mean Spas.
    I always try and get down things when I’m feeling them and sometimes when I come back and try and change them they don’t work as well.
    I don’t know.
    I’m divided.

  3. Alison · February 23, 2008

    Benjamin, I feel your strongest voice is your angst voice. Not necessarily anger, but definitely a darker tone. I love it because I feel that is where our passion really lies…Not that we don’t have a lighter side. Spas, I agree that your voice is pure positivity. I find you when I need the bluebird of happiness –literally. Benjamnin…Your imagery is more articulate in your heavier poetry.

    Make sense?

    I persused her site —wow! You are right and I left her praise. How sweet of you to think of sharing her writing with me. I watched your videos again on youtube. You made me smile XOXO Ali

  4. raeofsunshine · February 23, 2008

    Hey Z 🙂

    I angry write also. But I also depressed/”heartbroken” write. Sometimes all three at once, haha.

    I think your anger does come across in your writing, but it isn’t just anger, it’s thought-provoked anger, i guess you could say.
    I guess maybe it’s just not pessimistic anger? maybe my thoughts are just easier understood than expressed.

  5. zaphodfreek · February 23, 2008

    Alison – I find that when I’m angry my mind clears. Maybe that’s why you think they come across as more articulate.I agree with you anyhow.
    I do think Spas write really well in a positive or reflective way. I really like her ‘Love Letter’ poem. So yes! Perfect sense is…emm……made.

    Hey Rae – That you do! And rather excellently so. Hmmm….I guess you could say that. Like I said, it’s that sort of restrained anger, you know? Like it seems more powerful because it’s underlying? Does that make sense?

  6. zaphodfreek · February 23, 2008

    I have to say this blog started kind of oddly
    and with these sort of angry desolate poems


    or this one:
    – I kind of eased off at the very end. But i think that that was an after thought and NOW I’m not so sure I like it.

    This one here I think is the first proper one:

  7. howard · February 24, 2008


    that’s the sense that seems to help me write best, inspiration that joins hope and despair at the hip. I enjoy your stuff because I sense a little bit of that.

  8. krkbaker · February 29, 2008

    I like what Howard said. Bittersweet.

  9. Soulless · March 13, 2008

    With regard to the first question: I rather like best your poems wherein your sense of humor (with or without a dash of sarcasm/irony) shows, for that is when you see/observe and then share and express something so unique in something ordinary in your surroundings, that grips my attention as a reader (I stay put and have fun sharing your humor at the same time — win-win). For instance: “Circumstances” which I adore. 😉

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