Poetry, Mental Illness, Healing and Grief

(almost all my buttons at once)

This is a sweet and sad story from the New York Times, resonating on so many levels. “Poetry Kept My Patient Alive” by Ruth H. Livingston. I especially like this little snippet, written by her patient, “Steve” — and am glad to know “him” via its little rhymes.

A poet waits for the light

Waits for the night,

Waits for the night’s lights (the stars).

A poet waits for divine madness.

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