Truth is such a rare thing, it
is delightful to tell it.
- Emily Dickinson
How is National Poetry Month going for you? Have you discovered a special poem or two? Written some? The only thing difficult about it might be getting started. And I've got the antidote: two chunky workbooks by John Fox full of creative exercises, stories, quotes and poems that will inspire and delight you. And get your pen moving across a page. Fox believes that everyone is a poet, that we just have to find our voice and discover how to put what's in our heart into language form. He believes that writing poetry is a way to know yourself better and that it has great healing power. He believes poetry is grace. I can't say enough good things about these two books, but Rachel Naomi Remen says it best in the preface to Poetic Medicine:
"Poetry is simply speaking the truth. Each of us has a truth as unique as our own fingerprints. Without knowing that truth, without speaking it aloud, we cannot know who we are and that we are already whole. In the most profound way, speaking our truth allows us to know that our life matters."