Breathing is poetry of the body and poetry is breathing.
An article on Spirituality & Health explains how breathing is close to poetry, which in turn is the sign of wellbeing.
As we sit for pranayama ( breathing exercise), we develop a rhythm known as Kumbaka. It is those subtle moments between inhale and exhale and vice-versa. Closing our eyes, we will feel these natural pauses between the cycles.
Now, as you inhale and exhale, read this poem –
As you read poetry aloud
do it so that you are breathing
Let the sense of the poetry emerge
from your response to the rhythms
and tonal variations of the sound
as well as the meaning of the words.
Robert Carroll, a therapist and psychologist, connects poetry with breathing. Poetry is a form of punctuation and line breaks. When we speak out loud, we pause for a breath.
Poetry is a world of metaphors. A canvas of memories and repressed emotions. Many therapists agree that poetry has healing properties and poetry therapy can help various disorders such as schizophrenia, acute psychosis, depression, prisoners, sexually abused children, terminally ill children, suicide survivors and more.