Indulge Me!

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Today I thought I’d share a technique I’ve been using, during these really nightmare-ish times of being in isolation from many of our loved ones, to keep my stress levels under control.

And it’s totally natural, no drugs (unusual for me!!!), Life as Nature Intended!

The Emergency Poet – Deborah Alma
with her Ambulance

Yes, Poetry! I know, I know, it’s not everyone’s cuppa but as a student of English Language and Literature I attended Birmingham’s Literature Festival a couple of years ago & was hooked!

Don’t knock it till you’ve tried, it as the saying goes! It’s not all stuffy and wordy! Birthday card verses – poetry! Song lyrics – poetic language (rhyme)! Even Rap music – poetic language (rhyme)!

Deborah Alma is the Emergency Poet, she travels in her 1970’s ambulance to schools, libraries and festivals to offer consultations and poetic remedies to comfort those in need of a pick-me-up for the soul.

I’ve chosen to share a poem today from her 2015 anthology ‘An Anti-Stress Poetry Anthology’ called ‘Leisure’ by W.H. Davies.

Why? Well, in England we can currently go out for a walk during this lockdown and these words just jumped at me.

What is life if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs

And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,

Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,

Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,

And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can

Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this is if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

This poem really opened my eyes to how much of life I’ve either been missing or taking for granted. Since reading this, my ‘prescription’ poem, as I’ve taken so much more notice of trees, leaves, the clouds (& we’re blessed with many!) & so much more nature around me. It’s been so calming, I feel much more relaxed after sitting in my garden just listening to birdsong.

Deborah Alma now also has a Poetry Pharmacy
A beautiful base for poetry & a natter!

Hope I’ve suggested a Natural Alternative to relieving stress in these times. It’s not a magic wand but it’s certainly different and, I suggest a healthy alternative.

Love & light

Namaste S x