The Quiet Listeners

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A Healing Poem from Syringa, by Laura Foley (StarMeadow Press, 2006).

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.

The Quiet Listeners

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.  
 

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