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[Poetry Friday] Poems Reminding Us To Breathe In and Out

"Your breath is the translator of your heart." - Georgia Heard.

Myra here.

Thank you to Bridget At Wee Words For Wee Ones for hosting this week.


My Thoughts Are Clouds [Amazon | Book Depository]

Poems by Georgia Heard Illustrated by Isabel Roxas Published by Roaring Brook Press (2021) ISBN: 9781250244680 (ISBN10: 1250244684) Borrowed from Overdrive. Book photos taken by me.

For the past two years, I have found it difficult to truly connect with poetry. It must be the hectic nature of my existence that does not give me permission to pause and remain still – something that poetry requires in order for it to be fully experienced. Then this book happened to me as I was preparing for a professional development workshop for teachers and school leaders where I curated picturebooks on mindfulness.

Beautifully illustrated by Filipino American Isabel Roxas, each breathing line by Georgia Heard has been illuminated in a sparse yet impactful manner.

Each poem is a reminder of things that go unnoticed and often taken for granted: like the air we breathe in and out similar to all the organisms around us; each inhale and exhale a gift, telling us that we are alive, alive, alive. Over the past two years, the fact that we are still here and are able to utter those words: that is a gift.

Hence, for my Poetry Friday offering to you, dear friends, I hope this “Three-Way Loving Kindness Meditation” finds you at the perfect time.


#SurvivalStories2021 Update: 106 out of target 100

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

9 comments on “[Poetry Friday] Poems Reminding Us To Breathe In and Out

  1. What a beautiful book. Thanks for sharing this with us today.

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  2. Thank you for the peace, safety and loving kindness of this post, Myra. 🙂

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  3. I love Georgia’s book, and I enjoyed reading your review. Thanks, Myra!

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  4. I love Georgia’s new book, and I enjoyed your review. Thanks, Myra!

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  5. I’d love to read this book. I admire Georgia and her writing. I get how it is hard sometimes to connect with poetry unless you have the time to relax and feel it. These poems show, perhaps, how we can get into that space, if we take the time.

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  6. I have Georgia’s book, Myra, and like your own picks, each poem’s message is so soothing to read, a treasure. Thanks for reminding about it!

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  7. Denise Krebs

    I enjoyed reading that lovely breathing poem. And taking some slow and steady breaths as a result. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. maryleehahn

    Thank you for sharing about this book. It sounds like just what I need. I reserved it from the library before I even began my comment!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Linda Mitchell

    Absolutely lovely. I’ve heard of this book but don’t have it yet. Thank you so much!

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