Poetry as soul food
Written by Marie Nygren, Posted in marie nygren, Rumi, serenbe
I recently read in Parade, the Sunday magazine in the AJC, a reader’s question on why the United States paid for a Poet Laureate when “no one reads poetry anymore.”
I was taken aback at his supposition because I and many of my friends read poetry, some even write their own. For me, poetry is a great source of “soul food.” I often turn to my books of poetry for inspiration.
My favorite poet is Rumi, a 13th century Persian poet and theologian whose visions, words, and life teach us how to reach inner peace and happiness, stop the continual stream of hostility and achieve true, global peace and harmony.
Food has always been an object of beauty for me- its colors, textures, tastes and smells. That beauty inspires me every week when I am creating the menus for the Farmhouse. I love seeing the combinations I visualized the week before together on the plate and create a delicious meal for my guests.
Each week’s bounty from the Inn’s gardens and Serenbe Farm provides ample inspiration. And when our gardener and farmers brings in their harvest, it is is time to get to what I love- cooking!