Poems

Keeping Quiet, by Pablo Neruda

Now we will count to twelveand we will all keep still.For once on the face of the earth,let’s not speak in any language,let’s stop for a second,and not move our arms so much.It would be an exotic momentwithout rush, without engines;we would all be togetherin a sudden strangeness.(…)If we were not so single-mindedabout keeping our […]

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She Let Go, by Safire Rose

She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.She let go of fear. She let go of the judgments.She let go of the conuence of opinions swarmingaround her head.She let go of the committee of indecision within her.She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely,without hesitation or worry, she […]

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I am a herd keeper, by Alberto Caeiro

I am a herd keeper.The flock is my thoughtsand my thoughts are all sensations.I think with eyes and ears.And with hands and feetand with the nose and the mouth.To think of a flower is to see and smell itand to eat a fruit is to know its meaning.So when on a hot dayI feel sad […]

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Love After Love, by Derek Walcott

“ The time will come when, with elationyou will greet yourself arrivingat your own door, in your own mirrorand each will smile at the other’s welcome,and say, sit here. Eat.You will love again the stranger who was your self.Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heartto itself, to the stranger who has loved youall your […]

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Walk slowly, by Danna Faulds

“ It only takes a reminder to breathe,a moment to be still, and just like that,something in me settles, softens,makes space for imperfection.The harsh voice of judgment drops to a whisperand I remember again that life isn’t a relay race;that we will all cross the finish line;that waking up to life is what we were […]

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Unglove yourself, by Mark Nepo

“ We waste so much energy trying to cover up who we arewhen beneath every attitude is the want to be lovedand beneath every anger is a wound to be healedand beneath every sadness is the fear that there will not be enough time.Our challenge each day is not to get dressed to face the […]

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deep listening

When Someone Deeply Listens To You, by John Fox

“ When someone deeply listens to you it is like holding out a dented cup you’ve had since childhood and watching it fill up with cold, fresh water. When it balances on top of the brim, you are understood. When it overflows and touches your skin, you are loved. When someone deeply listens to you […]

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The Journey, by Mary Oliver

“ One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice — though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. “Mend my life!” each voice cried. But you didn’t stop. You knew what you had […]

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Our deepest fear, by Marianne Williamson

“ Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.It is our light, not our darknessThat most frightens us.We ask ourselvesWho am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?Actually, who are you not to be?You are a child of God.Your playing smallDoes not serve the world.There’s nothing enlightened […]

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familia-humana

Human Family, by Maya Angelou

“ I note the obvious differences in the human family. Some of us are serious, some thrive on comedy.Some declare their lives are lived as true profundity, and others claim they really live the real reality. The variety of our skin tones can confuse, bemuse, delight, brown and pink and beige and purple, tan and […]

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