Unsafe Containers

Which emotion(s) — joy, envy, rage, pity, or something else — do you find to be the hardest to contain?

And why, I ask you, should I be containing emotions? Okay. Maybe violent rage is best kept in check, especially if large-caliber automatic weapons are at hand … but otherwise?


I advocate letting it all hang out. It turns out after we have lived past adolescence and neither parents nor teachers have killed us, excessive emotionalism is not a major issue. Life becomes a restrained business, especially when you are in business. There’s always someone else’s feeling to protect by hiding ours.

Why is that? Let’s get into the mud and get into it. I’d love to see a corporate board (bored?) meeting where everyone is saying what they really feel. Wouldn’t’ you like to be a fly on the wall for that one? Bet you would! It’s the stuff of which high comedy is made.

And here, to speak of rage, in his own inimitable way, is Dylan Thomas.

Do not go gentle into that good night
Dylan Thomas, 1914 – 1953

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

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12 replies

  1. Well my Dad had a lot of anger … it was very destructive. So I vowed I would never be like that;
    It aint’ easy.


  2. I agree with you. Don’t keep emotions contained…it only hurts you in the long run.


    • Cee, Marilyn and I were just discussing dealing with emotions today. I’m the containment type. Trying to break life long habit. It’s not easy.


  3. This poem has sustained me through so many years of struggle! And, I agree – I would love to be the fly on the wall in a board meeting, especially a governmental board meeting, where everyone said exactly what they were thinking and feeling about the subject being discussed!


  4. Hear hear, Marilyn! Much the healthier option! xxx



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