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.

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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devon leonard
Devon Leonard3 years ago

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

Lisa Eveland
Lisa Eveland3 years ago

thanks for poem

Dan Martin
Dan Martin3 years ago


Kat Head
Katherine H.3 years ago

I love it! Thank you!

Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago

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

criss S.
criss s.4 years ago

Nice, thank you.

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.4 years ago

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!

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

SuSanne No Mail P.

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

Maureen Heartwood

Elegant, serene and wise poem. Lovely.