The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet died from lymphoma.
When enduring tragedy, it is important to lean upon the practices that bring you joy and keep you focused.
I have always loved the messages Mary Oliver writes about. I saw a quote from her recently that said, "With growth into adulthood, responsibilities claimed me, so many heavy coats. I didn't choose them, I don't fault them, but it took time to reject them. Something is wrong, I know it, if I don't keep my attention on eternity."
"Prayers fly from all directions."
Here are five writers who have helped me survive -- poets and spiritual teachers, some who have known depression intimately. Use their words as you like. Disregard what doesn't speak to you. This is not a self-improvement program, only a suggested reading list. Ask for help. You are not alone.
If anyone could predict which books will sell, publishing wouldn't be the dumb business it really is. Publishers have always made their livings guessing, pretending we have fingers on the pulse of what readers want and need.
Now I have two poems to read each Veterans Day. One to ensure those who have suffered never leave my purpose and my life, and the second, to remind me that this is my purpose and that this is my life.