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3 Poems That Inspire

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3 Poems That Inspire

For those moments in life when we have exhausted our friends willingness to listen, have read all the advice columns and sat in meditation hoping for a clue to ones direction, we can turn to the great poets who have left us their words like crumbs along life’s path. The right poem read at the right moment can spin your mind into a clear and gentle focus. Those timeless lines of language touch our soul reminding us all of our universal connection. When I read of recent discoveries of possible earth-like planets orbiting suns in other galaxies I wondered what their poets write to soothe the lost and comfort the frightened. Are their words kept close at hand to read again and again when nothing else can bring comfort or clarity?

Recently a dear friend entered a Hospice facility and we have been communicating by sending poems to each other. It is our way to express difficult emotions faced with the loss of one leaving this life too soon. We each draw from our favorite poets and are surprised and thrilled when an undiscovered poem arrives in the mail hand printed on a postcard. Rumi is a favorite, Mary Oliver another, translations of Buddhist monks and quotes from Gandhi now decorate my refrigerator along with a picture of my friend smiling and healthy. In the end these bits of language will grace my memories of her, our road trips together across America, our phone conversations, our visits over many years. And always in those moments of meeting we spoke of new and old poems, of the words left to us as a lesson to being human. I share a few of them with you. Feel free to share your favorites as well.

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Delia Quigley is the Director of StillPoint Schoolhouse, where she teaches a holistic lifestyle based on her 30 years of study, experience and practice. She is the creator of the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, Cooking the Basics, and Broken Bodies Yoga. Delia's credentials include author, artist, natural foods chef, yoga instructor, energy therapist and public speaker. Follow Delia's blogs: and. To view her website go to


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6:47PM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

Thanks. Great stuff.

6:13AM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

"If I could make days last forever,
if words could make wishes come true,
I'd save every day like a treasure and then,
again, I would spend them with you."

-- Jim Croce, Time in a bottle

3:03PM PDT on Jul 15, 2011

Good to see such good stuff on my PC

5:17AM PDT on Jul 15, 2011


12:31PM PST on Jan 16, 2011

Thank you very much...

12:31PM PST on Jan 16, 2011

Thank you very much...

11:48AM PST on Jan 16, 2011

Thank you!

1:06PM PST on Jan 8, 2011


7:27PM PST on Dec 26, 2010

I like to add a simple positive view of Christianity. Once I had a Christian flag on my porch railing. It is a white flag with a blue corner like an American flag with a red Cross in the corner instead of stars and has no red stripes. One time the wind had wrapped it around the pole enough that only white showed. I was insulted and thought "This is not a flag of Defeat" it goes for The Head of The Universe!". My own unique perception came up with a comment- [-As Follows]--
This reminds me that I am thankful HE saved my sole,
I am glad HE toes me away from sin'
Therefore I don't have to accept defeat' and
Since I am strongest on my knees it shows
I can't stomach sin, so I'm never going back'
I am armed with The Gospel
Because HE has shouldered the load so
I can face the world as one who nose his destiny
Because The Bible says "HE has numbered my every hair"
I can Head up to His Place
To share with the whole body of HIS people'

11:48PM PST on Dec 16, 2010


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