10 Poems to Soothe the Soul

My father is a songwriter, my grandfather a poet, and this is probably why I feel compelled to write poetry when beautiful lyrics make me weak in the knees.

I take great comfort in sharing the words of others.

When I find myself in very specific and conflicted emotional states, I usually cope by finding a poem that encapsulates or validates those feelings. Then, when that particular moment passes, I can continue to carry bits and pieces of those sentiments with me.

Below are a few of my favourite poems, grouped by the times I've needed them. These works come from diverse authors and in many styles, from more traditional structured pieces to slam to Instagram poems. Each will open in a new tab/window. Enjoy!

For existential art crises or a need to feel connected to the past...
To a Poet a Thousand Years Hence – James Elroy Flecker

For reassurance that we all struggle with decisions...
The Road Not Taken – Robert Frost

For renewed focus on what matters in faith...
The Convert – G. K. Chesterton

For ruminations on God and deep space (or to read a poem by my grandfather ;))...
Infinity – George Wickens

For permission to be what you are...
Wild Geese – Mary Oliver

For a reminder of good love...
I carry your heart with me – e. e. cummings

For loving and hating your body and for knowing yourself...
I Sing the Body Electric (Especially When My Power is Out) – Andrea Gibson

For appreciation of the lasting power of stories (and Sherlock references)...
221B – Vincent Starrett

For pride, acceptance, and works of art personified...
A Gay Poem - Keith Jarrett

For feminism, body image, relationships, self-care, and literally anything else...
Every piece by insta-poet Ena Ganguly (I've included several because they're incredible)

LU: March 2017

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