Poetry and Wellbeing go Hand in hand

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.”

In a world where we are bombarded with instant, rapid online content, images and video, it’s easy to forget the power of words and their ability to evoke us emotionally and spiritually.

We at BEO believe poetry can often be a very powerful healing tool and we hope to share some of our favourite works as a source of inspiration. Poetry can touch us on a personal level and often resonate at a time when we simply needed to read/hear it.

Here’s one of our favourites to kick off our “poetry appreciation corner” by George Eliot, written in the 1800’s but it still rings true today. 

Count That Day Lost 

If you sit down at set of sun
And count the acts that you have done,
And, counting, find
One self-denying deed, one word
That eased the heart of him who heard,
One glance most kind
That fell like sunshine where it went –
Then you may count that day well spent.

But if, through all the livelong day,
You’ve cheered no heart, by yea or nay –
If, through it all
You’ve nothing done that you can trace
That brought the sunshine to one face –

No act most small
That helped some soul and nothing cost –

Then count that day as worse than lost.

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