Yesterday I composed the poem below. I wrote this in light of Louise DeSalvo's book Writing as a Way of Healing; with DeSalvo's knowledge on Sylvia Plath's destructive creative process in mind. Somewhere in Chapter 9 of DeSalvo's book, DeSalvo uses Plath's self-torturing habits and her unhealthy mindset as a springboard; a springboard for how NOT to approach the creative process, be it with poetry, novels, song lyrics, and all artistic mediums. I will add annotations and citations that point to my inspirations.
"The Trap of Plath (That Kills Healing)"
Don't trip in that trap for long;
You won't love it all along.
Weakness woes will create a stone purse; (1)
Both develop pools of wasteful, (2)
Emotional envelopes. Don't
Tell me your troubles;
We don't have the time to spare, (3)
as well as means to care.
We're standing on our side;
Bide our time, and don't
believe that thought-on-that-line. (4)
Down to cold, bold depths of blind, yet
Conspicuous bickering, primarily on
We are the president because (5)
Change only fills our cup (6)
From our life force within;
Don't let sins of self-pity
Break our young spirit. (7)
Only fusions of we, the human race,
Can overcome the face of our Ego's Mace. (8)
(1) I think this is taken from one verse in a Phil Ochs song. I will update later.
(2) "Pools" and "envelopes" illustrate an image of yellow, sealed office envelopes piling up in a filled swimming pool.
(3) Most certainly taken from the Phil Ochs song "That's What I Want to Hear."
(4) "Thought-on-that-line" means that quiet self-resignation that Americans are conditioned to within American culture. Henry David Thoreau rose awareness to this phenomenon in his challenging, yet vital treatise titled Walden. This site dedicated to Thoreau should help introduce you to him.
(5) Another Phil Ochs verse. This verse is taken from "That Was the President." Ochs' song lyrics from I Ain't Marching Anymore are predominantly topical; particularly on the political turmoil in the mid-1960s. Greenwich Village was indeed a hotbed of creativity shrouded within America's collective psyche at that time.
(6) "Fills our cup" references the Biblical passage Psalm 23:5 which asserts that " Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows." Taken into the context of SLAA, I adopt the practice of relinquishing ego-infused desires to control every surprise that appears in my life.
(7) "Young spirit" implies the hope that remains for youth across the planet. Yet special attention needs to be made towards American youth. Private Citizens by Tony Tulathimutte illustrates potential hope fused with the spiritually and mentally crippling realities that American youths face.
(8) "Ego's Mace" is inspired by Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth. The mace refers to the currently bludgeoned state that I believe humanity is emerging from. I can only hope to help others to check their ego more often. That is the best I can do right now.
I hope these annotations help. If you have any constructive critique on this post, please send it to me. Go to the contact page to send the critique to my email. Thank you.