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How Poetry Can Heal You

Poems I Love

Fun: The delightful American poets Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein write for kids, but no adult can resist their magical verse. Sample this gem by Prelutsy:

“My stomach’s full of butterflies!”
lamented Dora Diller.
Her mother sighed. “That’s no surprise,
you ate a caterpillar!”

Inspirational: “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep…” these lines by Robert Frost (Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening) have inspired countless worker bees to toil on, no matter how tough the journey.

Romantic: If you can read Urdu, then it’s the Deewan-e-Ghalib, which will make you smile and cry in turns with its reflections on the pleasurable pain of love. In English, it’s Elizabeth Barrett Browning with verse like, ‘How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…” that never fails to tug at the heartstrings.

Calming: Rabindranath Tagore’s Geetanjali.  Each word is strung into this collection like a glittering pearl. ‘The earth laughs in flowers.’ ‘Timid thoughts, do not be afraid of me, I am a poet…’ Leaf through this ageless work and allow yourself to drift away…

Earlier: The Power & Legacy of Poetry

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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5:07PM PST on Jan 4, 2012


8:28PM PST on Dec 24, 2011

thank you for the advice

1:29PM PST on Dec 19, 2011

great poems darling. Thanks for the advice.

12:36PM PST on Dec 18, 2011

writing poems always helps me, and I do love reading some good poetry

8:13AM PST on Dec 18, 2011


i like this ultra relaxing and relevant short inspirational video poem from Sri Chinmoy (i dont know much about Sri Chinmoy and his teaching, but I agree with his words here:

"World peace can be achieved
When, in each person,
The power of love
Replaces the love of power

- Sri Chinmoy (from

12:58AM PST on Dec 18, 2011

Just reading that article and the examples give made my soul purr...and I realize that is a very healing feeling; so point well made!!

10:27PM PST on Dec 16, 2011

I used poetry to process my grief after my friend, later my brother,, then 9/11, just putting the feelings to words helped so much. I kept writing, and last year one got published. Its art, and makes you see the world again, sometimes by helping you hold the view slanted a little so things seem to get a new balance

10:11PM PST on Dec 16, 2011

Words singing the soul's truth like the single chime of a bell casting stillness upon the fray

1:56PM PST on Dec 16, 2011

On some days this is how I think:

Ever had a day when you wondered whether is was
worth getting out of bed?
Maybe you can't know for sure what animals are
feeling. But do you believe that little brown birds
get up in the morning and think about how
depressingly grey the sky is?
Do you think they wonder about how much prettier
all the other birds are, and how their voice is
kind of small? And do they maybe decide that they
just won't sing that day because they are so sad
about all of this?
No, they get up and belt out their songs, day
after day.

5:47AM PST on Dec 16, 2011


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