Poetry is an excellent form of self-expression. Here at City Acupuncture we have found that very often self-expression is the single factor that affects the outcome of a treatment plan more than any other.
The fact is that emotional and spiritual turmoil directly effects the health of our physical bodies, just as disease of the physical body causes emotional and spiritual turmoil.
As National Poetry Month rolls on, I thought this would be a good time to share a couple of poems that explicitly deal with the concept of health, and the workings of the physical body. I hope that by sharing some examples of well-known poets venting emotional turmoil through poetry you may be inspired to try it yourself!
1. =I Sing The Body Electric, by Walt Whitman
Significant verses about the body:
2. Parkinson's Disease, by Galway Kinnell
3. The Use Of Force, by William Carlos Williams
When I arrived I was met by the mother, a big startled looking woman, very clean and apologetic who merely said, Is this the doctor? and let me in. In the back, she added. You must excuse us, doctor, we have her in the kitchen where it is warm. It is very damp here sometimes.
The child was fully dressed and sitting on her father's lap near the kitchen table. He tried to get up, but I motioned for him not to bother, took off my overcoat and started to look things over. I could see that they were all very nervous, eyeing me up and down distrustfully. As often, in such cases, they weren't telling me more than they had to, it was up to me to tell them; that's why they were spending three dollars on me.