Creativity & Imagination, Health & Beauty, Music, Nature

The Healing Power of Plants (and Music)

Music and gardens are the two most natural types of therapy that exist for human beings – benefiting both our psychological and physiological wellbeing. This revelation came from revered neurologist and author Oliver Sacks (July 9, 1933–August 30, 2015) in his essay “Why We Need Gardens.” Walt Whitman knew this truth too, as did John… Continue reading The Healing Power of Plants (and Music)

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Welcome to My Wonderland (A Poem)

On the forest floor lay needles of pine thick and plush— a carpet for hooves and faery wings, a bed of discarded Christmases, of carols and candlewax, cherubs and wreaths… once laid to rest, now rebirthed prickly and soft as a rose petal with its thorns, a winding trail for make-believers and children’s plucked hearts… Continue reading Welcome to My Wonderland (A Poem)

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The Choir of Flight (A Poem)

100 voices sing in unison turning pages like white wings a gliding flock of ivory feathers sending praises from below the sky These tattooed paper birds lift prayer swiftly through hymn between earth and heaven as angels blacken their tails © 2013 Leslie I. Benson

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Poetry Series: No. 9 – “Ferrets Do Not Belong in Dishwashers”

Ferrets Do Not Belong in Dishwashers © 2011 Leslie I. Benson From “Emerging: A Collection of Poems” Available for purchase on Blurb.com. Ferrets DO NOT belong in dishwashers or ovens or bathtubs or underwear drawers or laundry baskets or grocery bags or the interior of beds and couches Ferrets DO NOT normally gyrate their hips… Continue reading Poetry Series: No. 9 – “Ferrets Do Not Belong in Dishwashers”