Breathe A poem by Becky Helmsley – Talking to the Wild

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I love this poem, a reminder to just breathe and be….


She sat at the back

and they said she was shy,

She led from the front 

and they hated her pride.


They asked her advice 

and then questioned her guidance,

They branded her loud

then were shocked by her silence,


When she shared no ambition 

they said it was sad,

So she told them her dreams 

and they said she was mad,


They told her they’d listen

then covered their ears,

And gave her a hug while 

they laughed at her fears,


And she listened to all of it 

thinking she should,

Be the girl they told her to be 

best as she could,


But one day she asked 

what was best for herself,

Instead of trying 

to please everyone else,


So she walked to the forest 

and stood with the trees,

She heard the wind whisper 

and dance with the leaves,


She spoke to the willow, 

the elm and the pine,

And she told them what she’d 

been told time after time,


She told them she felt 

she was never enough,

She was either too little 

or far far too much,


Too loud or too quiet, 

too fierce or too weak,

Too wise or too foolish, 

too bold or too meek,


Then she found a small clearing 

surrounded by firs,

And she stopped…and she heard 

what the trees said to her,


And she sat there for hours 

not wanting to leave,

For the forest said nothing

it just let her breathe. 


~Becky Hemsley Talking to the Wild

Jo Cooper

Jo Cooper

26 thoughts on “Breathe A poem by Becky Helmsley – Talking to the Wild”

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    This came to me and helped me see that the best thing for me is to free myself from the judgment of others and allow myself to be me and feel free. To allow myself to breathe and be free and finally be true to “Me”!
    (This poem depicts my work life in every sense.)

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    But one day she asked

    what was best for herself,

    Instead of trying

    to please everyone else,

    So she walked to the forest

    and stood with the trees,

    She heard the wind whisper

    and dance with the leaves,

    I was looking for a “live in the moment” verse. These lines REALLY DID IT for me…….Peace and slainte mhath.

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    Hi Jo is this a published poem in a book? Just wondering as want to show it to some students and need to know if it’s published.

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    I have to say that this poem fits me to the T and it really grabbed me.

    I have a life that you would not believe. But I keep reciting this poem over and over in my head and it is all just spot on I thought whoever wrote this did an amazing job it could not have been done better! It has made me cry and it has been so inspirational. It has pulled a weight of burden and relief off of my shoulders. You have no idea what this poem has done for me

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    This is beautiful and spoke to me – what you wrote is the reason I live in the forest. I shared it with my mom and said, “Different trees, same message.” Is this poem included in Talking to the Wild?

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