“Poetry is a life-cherishing force. For poems are not words, after all, but fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry.” –Mary Oliver, A Poetry Handbook

Find room in the quiet spaces for poetry. Let it be a magical salve applied directly to the soul for healing and comfort. The words of a poem can find a way in, traversing a narrow path of emotion, feeling and deep understanding that other words cannot.

Settle in today with a warm cup of tea, your favorite blanket and a poem.   If you are new to poetry, anything by the great Mary Oliver is a wonderful place to start. Let the words slowly seep in through the cracks in the walls of logic, expectation and resistance that you’ve built trying to keep yourself safe.

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