I find journaling difficult. Trying to put my thoughts down, verbatim, in real time, doesn't seem to accurately capture the truth of what I'm feeling. About a year or so ago, I decided to try and communicate my thoughts instead through poetry, focusing more on imagery and the sensation of what I'm needing to express, as opposed to the feeling as intellectualized by thought. It's become a favorite and somewhat compulsive habit. I do it only for me and give myself permission to write what is often very bad poetry. But even when it's bad, it's honest.
I've decided to share some of what I've written here in an attempt to a) hold myself accountable to a self-promise I made to be less precious about my writing, and b) in case anyone might find it useful to their own practice, or amusing, or otherwise enjoyable.