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Poems for Healing


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It’s almost autumn and I couldn’t wait to revisit this gem.

I wish I understood the beauty
in leaves falling. To whom
are we beautiful
as we go?

I lie in the field
still, absorbing the stars
and silently throwing off
their presence. Silently
I breathe and die
by turns.

He was ripe
and fell to the ground
from a bough
out where the wind
is free
of the branches

~ David Ignatow (1914-1997)
from Against the Evidence: selected poems

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The Healing Time

The Healing Time

Finally on my way to yes
I bump into
all the places
where I said no
to my life
all the untended wounds
the red and purple scars
those hieroglyphs of pain
carved into my skin, my bones,
those coded messages
that send me down
the wrong street
again and again
where I find them
the old wounds
the old misdirections
and I lift them
one by one
close to my heart
and I say    holy
holy.

© Pesha Joyce Gertler

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There is vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening
that is translated through you into action,
And because there is only one of you in all of time,
this expression is unique.
And if you block it,
it will never exist through any other medium,
and be lost.
The world will not have it.
It is not your business to determine how good it is,
nor how valuable,

or how it compares with other expressions.
It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly,
to stay open and aware to the urges that motivate you.

     ~Martha Graham

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