Judah Halevi was a Jewish poet, living in Spain about a thousand years ago. He left us a beautiful poem that I think captures the essence of grief. The translation has been attributed to Chaim Stern, around 1930. Continue reading
The Brain—is wider than the Sky—
For—put them side by side—
The one the other will contain
With ease—and You—beside—
The Brain is deeper than the sea—
For—hold them—Blue to Blue—
The one the other will absorb—
The Brain is just the weight of God—
For—Heft them—Pound for Pound—
And they will differ—if they do—
As Syllable from Sound—
Emily Dickenson wrote this. She had a big imagination, even though she lived a very restricted life, rarely leaving her bedroom in her parent’s house in a small town in Western Massachusetts.
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Is an apology that’s not said out loud really an apology? What if the person expressing the apology doesn’t draw attention to it? Continue reading
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This week’s link of the week is the poem, Kindness, by Naomi Shihab Nye.
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Today’s link from the shrink is:
A great site if you love poetry, don’t understand it, or can’t resist telling everyone what your interpretation is. See the annotations that people leave.
In this link is the poem by Philip Larkin most beloved by shrinks. It begins, “They fuck you up, your mum and dad.”