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Poetry To Read For Good Night and Love Yourself

Reading in the evening, before bedtime can be both helpful and sleep-damaging, depending on the genre you’re reading and the content of the book you’ve chosen. Reading professional literature can be overwhelming, because that type of books asks for better attention, sharp focus and interest and most of all, a well-rested mind. Since we all know how stressful life is today, reading should be a way to relax and not a way to add up to your tiredness.

That’s why poetry is one of the best choices for the evening reading session; it awakes the most pleasant emotions, it is often based on topics related to love, soothing thoughts, life, nature and animals, friendship or self-consciousness and all of these themes are something that will let you fall asleep in calmness.

Here is our poetry choice (including verse fragments) that you should try reading the next night you feel like you need words that will calm your soul and frequenting mind.

I remember – Anne Sexton

“I remember best is that

the door to your room was

the door to mine.”

Lady Lazarus – Sylvia Plath

“And I a smiling woman.  

I am only thirty.

And like the cat I have nine times to die.”

Changing everything – Jane Hirshfield

“There, I said to myself,

that’s done now.

Brushing one hand against the other,

to clean them

of the tiny fragments of bark.”

Since feelings is first – e. e. Cummings

“We are for each other: then

laugh, leaning back in my arms

for life’s not a paragraph…”

The journey – Mary Oliver

“But little by little,

as you left their voices behind,

the stars began to burn

through the sheets of clouds,

and there was a new voice

which you slowly

recognized as your own,

that kept you company

as you strode deeper and deeper

into the world,

determined to do

the only thing you could do –

determined to save

the only life you could save.”

Pale Fire – Vladimir Nabokov

“All colors made me happy: even gray.

My eyes were such that literally they

took photographs.”

Self-Portrait at 28 – David Berman

”And if the apocalypse turns out

to be a world-wide nervous breakdown

if our five billion minds collapse at once

well I’d call that a surprise ending

and this hill would still be beautiful

a place I wouldn’t mind dying

alone or with you.”

What do you think?

Written by Stacie Newton

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