I have found so much beauty and solace in poetry lately. I highly recommend the "Ten Poems" series by Roger Housden. He does a beautiful job of explaining how to interpret and appreciate poetry, and I find that his take on each of the ten poems he shares to give me an entirely different perception than If I had just read them on my own. One of my most recent favorites is Self Portrait. I hope you enjoy.
It doesn't interest me if there is one God
or many gods.
I want to know if you belong or feel
If you know despair or can see it in others.
I want to know
if you are prepared to live in the world
with its harsh need
to change you. If you can look back
with firm eyes
saying this is where I stand. I want to know
if you know
how to melt into that fierce heat of living
the center of your longing. I want to know
if you are willing
to live, day by day, with the consequence of love
and the bitter
unwanted passion of your sure defeat.
I have heard, in that fierce embrace, even
the gods speak of God.
-- David Whyte