“A poem begins with a lump in the throat”
- Robert Frost
Evidence of the healing properties of words can be traced back as far as the ancient Egyptians who would literally swallow a remedy made of words written on papyrus and dissolved into liquid!
Reading and writing can be beneficial in helping to promote well-being through self-awareness. A powerful poem has the potential to connect with us on a deeper level and in responding to it we might be encouraged to learn something or feel better about ourselves.