Poetry as a Balm for Prolonged Holiday Fatigue

Don’t you feel like we all limp over the finish line of the new year, every damn time?  I certainly crawled my way to 2014, then danced right over into it.

Olive and I at full spin on New Year's Eve

Olive and I at full spin on New Year’s Eve

However, once here, I’ve been experiencing some delayed Holiday Hangover, compounded by a terrible flu that I am still getting over, leaving me starting this year with a lot of leftover 2013 fatigue.  This December to January I heard of so many losses in my community, and recalled that 2013 was the Year of the Snake, and we all have a lot of shedding to do to get to the Year of the Green Horse.

I’m not keen on resolutions, but I love figuring out what I want more of in my life, and then wondering how to invite it.  So, one thing I identified was that I wanted more poetry, and I asked people to handwrite me their favorites, and I’d do the same for them.  This poetry swap has, so far, been the best thing that’s happened to me in the new year.  They often arrive just when I need them most, to provide some depth in a moment that feels a bit devoid of meaning.

Just a few of the beautiful poems I've received from my swap so far - one all the way from France!

Just a few of the beautiful poems I’ve received from my swap so far – one all the way from France!

I’d love to cull even more from the shared dream that is the poetic language, so please, send me your favorite poems! Message me if you need my mailing address to do so, and believe me, I’ll happily send one your way in return. I think we could all use a little beauty and reflection right about now, no?

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7 thoughts on “Poetry as a Balm for Prolonged Holiday Fatigue

  1. Hi Rhea. I enjoy your writing and would love to send you a poem for the new year. It’s a lovely idea — could not pass it up. May I have your mailing address? Thanks, Ginny

  2. So true! Vie reread the poem you’ve given me dozens of times, and it makes me feel so loved. This act of poetry swapping has been a gift that keeps giving!

  3. Pingback: Jams for Early 2014 | thirty threadbare mercies

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