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Oh Great Spirit

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Metzger's poem is a stirring call on Spirit to help restore our relationships with other creatures, to restore our lives, and the world.

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Prayer

A short poem about prayers that happen when praying seems impossible.

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The Delight Song of Tsoai-talee

Let us celebrate being alive, having a place in the grand scheme of things, feeling connected to the earth and all its inhabitants.

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After the Guest

This poem is a lovely portrayal of the slow process of healing after the death of a loved one--"it's no hungry ghost but simple cold."

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Prayer

Kinnell's very short poem speaks to the simple acceptance of what is.

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Waking after the Surgery

Chatti, who bled uncontrollably for two years due to a tumor, writes a heartfelt, hopeful poem about finally healing from her trauma.

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Salvage

What if we could forgive ourselves, love and appreciate our own bodies, and leave part hurt behind?

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Prayer Rug

We are almost present in this poem, kneeling on the prayer rug, filled with faith and joy.

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Prayer

This lovely sonnet is a prayer reminding us even the "faithless" can take comfort in the world's surprising beauty.

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Different Ways to Pray

We are all connected to each other through the ritual of prayer.

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Song of Myself, 51

This poem about discovery, change, and transformation contains Whitman's arguably most famous lines: “Do I contradict myself? / Very well then I contradict myself, / (I am large, I contain multitudes.)”

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