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The Quiet Listeners: A Healing Poem

The Quiet Listeners: A Healing Poem

Do you get enough nature? Many of us are suffering from what one author calls “Nature Deficit Disorder.” Because we are evolved to spend time in nature, when we can’t get enough of it, we get tense, stressed, and depressed. This poem is a beautiful antidote, a reminder of the natural spirit world that is waiting for us. Simply reading it will calm you and nourish your soul.

Share it with a friend who needs a serene nature-break, or just enjoy it yourself. Read the poem here.

“The Quiet Listeners” by Laura Foley
Go into the woods
and tell your story
to the trees.
They are wise
standing in their folds of silence
among white crystals of rock
and dying limbs.
And they have time.
Time for the swaying of leaves,
the floating down,
the dust.
They have time for gathering
and holding the earth about their feet.
Do this.
It is something I have learned.
How they will bend down to you
so softly.
They will bend down to you
and listen.

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A Poem from Syringa, by Laura Foley (StarMeadow Press, 2006). Copyright (c) 2006 by Laura Foley. Reprinted by permission of the author.
A Poem from Syringa, by Laura Foley (StarMeadow Press, 2006).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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12:25PM PDT on Aug 24, 2012

Thank you Annie for such a lovely poem..... it resonates from a place that has no words... deeper still within us ......

11:54AM PDT on Aug 23, 2012

thanks for poem

9:15PM PDT on Apr 22, 2012


3:47PM PST on Feb 4, 2012

I love it! Thank you!

9:49AM PDT on Mar 18, 2011

Very nice poem. If only people would take the time to stop and listen.

9:57PM PST on Mar 6, 2011

Nice, thank you.

6:49PM PST on Feb 25, 2011

Beautiful! I actually did feel calmer after reading it. I think there are so many of us who have NDD. Perfect peace awaits us in the forest and we must make time in our lives to get there. Thanks, Annie!

5:35AM PDT on Nov 3, 2010

Thanks for the article.

11:38PM PDT on Aug 28, 2010

TY my dearest Annie. Lovely and perfect as my friend is going into the "woods" and I am delighted to send this her way.

10:27PM PDT on Jul 31, 2010

Elegant, serene and wise poem. Lovely.

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