Here's a reminder that even in difficult times the arts, including poetry, can bring solace and calm to our souls and minds. As this week also marked the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere, we thought many of you might enjoy "A Prayer in Spring" by Robert Frost. Try reading it aloud, to yourself or others, to fully envelope the experience beautiful prose can bring us.
If you like this "Quiet the Mind" suggestion, try other poems each day. The Academy of American Poets will send a poem each day to your inbox for free, a wonderful resource to bring a moment of creative thought to your routine - https://poets.org/poem-a-day
A Prayer in Spring
Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.
Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.
And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.
For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.