frustration’s a funny thing

it starts off small

barely noticeable

like a tickle in the back of your throat

after a while

it chips away

at the positive exterior

poking its way into your life

making itself known

calling out to be tended to

to be noticed

until you can no longer

ignore it

then what was once a tickle

is a full blown cough

unable to be disregarded

once it’s there

in your face

you’ve got to deal with it

one way or another

you can cry

or pout

or shout

or discuss

or retreat

or take action

it’s up to you

but it must be dealt with

this frustration that’s

built up inside of you

18 thoughts on “Frustration

  1. Anita Ferreri

    This certainly sums up the challenges that go with being frustrated. I often choose the retreat path…taking time to rethink and decide next steps.

  2. Terje

    Frustration can’t be ignored. Your writerly mind couldn’t also ignore the poetic opportunity. As sorry I am that you had reasons to be frustrated, I am glad that it inspired you to created this poem.

  3. elsie

    Right on point! Frustration is underlying and grows until it must be dealt with. I hope you’ve been able to resolve some of that frustration.

  4. Stacey Shubitz

    If someone needed a poetic description of frustration, then you defined it perfectly, Jennifer.

    I hope your frustration — with whatever is happening — diminishes soon.

  5. djvichos

    I agree that our difficult emotions need attending to or else they can become bigger problems for us. I liked how you wrote your poem with no caps or punctuation. It reminded me of the not attending to and letting things go (like punctuation). I also thought about your choice of a cough and the time of covid. I thought about how maybe this has been the most frustrating year.


I {heart} comments.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s