The Mindfulness of Poetry

This is an excerpt from a poem by Emily Dickinson:


“There is a solitude of space

A solitude of sea

A solitude of death, but these

Society shall be”


Reading poetry helps me relax. Some poetry helps me to focus on things that matter to me. Poetry matters to me because for me poetry is life and life is poetry. I remember reading Dickinson’s poem in high school – “There is a solitude of space” and wondering not only about its meaning but I focused on the concept of solitude. Some people cannot stand the idea of being alone or in solitude. They fear solitude.

I looked up the definition of solitude and the one that struck me was: “absence of human activity”. When we become more mindful we may seek to find a place that is absent of human activity. But is it necessary to be alone to be mindful?

I would love to know what you think.



Mindful Excerpts from Great Poems

As we start the celebration of National Poetry Month, I go back to read my favorite poems. I read them aloud to myself mostly or to anyone who will listen. I select excerpts from what I consider to be the great poems. I will share the excerpts with you and hopefully some of you will react to them in the comments section.

From Shakespeare – St. Crispin’s Day Speech

From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember’d;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
I think about some of my classmates just out of high school who served in the armed forces and never came back home. we must be mindful of all those who sacrifice so that we may be free.
You may have seen Renaissance Man with Danny Devito who plays a teacher assigned to a group of soldiers.  “While on duty, on a dare from Cass in front of other men, one of the soldiers recites the St. Crispin’s Day Speech by King Henry V while in full combat gear in the middle of a rainstorm during a night exercise.”