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Your new ritual: Immerse yourself in a single poem, guided by Pádraig Ó Tuama. Short and unhurried; contemplative and energizing. Anchor your week by listening to the everyday poetry of your life, with new episodes on Monday and Friday during the season.

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Your new ritual: Immerse yourself in a single poem, guided by Pádraig Ó Tuama. Short and unhurried; contemplative and energizing. Anchor your week by listening to the everyday poetry of your life, with new episodes on Monday and Friday during the season.

    A Poem on the Importance of Names

    A Poem on the Importance of Names

    Jane Mead’s “Substance Abuse Trial” is set in a courtroom where a daughter hears her father’s name mispronounced at his trial. As she watches this, she wishes that the court could see the fullness of her father and his story — to bear witness to him as a human being, defined by much more than his addiction.

    A question to reflect on after you listen: When was a time when you were judged based on a mistake you made, rather than the fullness of who you are?

    • 9 min
    A Poem for Tenderness in the Face of Violence

    A Poem for Tenderness in the Face of Violence

    Ocean Vuong’s poem “Seventh Circle of Earth” is an homage to the love and intimacy shared by Michael Humphrey and Clayton Capshaw, a gay couple who were murdered in their home in Dallas, Texas. In the midst of recognizing the violence and threat LGBTQI communities face, the poem holds space for tenderness — and honors their love.

    A question to reflect on after you listen: What examples have you seen of love and power enacted, even in the face of threat?

    • 11 min
    A Poem for the Space Between Us

    A Poem for the Space Between Us

    Tracy K. Smith’s poem “Song” is filled with observations of a loved person: their habits, the things they do when they think nobody is watching. Love is shown and celebrated in observing the small practices of another.

    A question to reflect on after you listen: What’s something small and quiet you’ve noticed about a loved one?

    • 8 min
    A Poem for What Comes with Age

    A Poem for What Comes with Age

    Marie Howe’s poem “My Mother’s Body” is wise about age. In the poem, Marie’s mother is young enough to be Marie’s own daughter, and in this imagination there is wonder, understanding, and even forgiveness.

    A question to reflect on after you listen: Are there things that you have found easier to understand — or even forgive — as you’ve gotten older?

    • 8 min
    A Poem for Ritual and Reset

    A Poem for Ritual and Reset

    Faisal Mohyuddin’s poem “Prayer” describes a practice of devotion. It’s a spacious and hospitable poem, filled with references to ritual and the body, and an invitation to share in the warm light of a household lamp.

    A question to reflect on after you listen: What rituals do you use to anchor yourself?

    • 8 min
    A Poem About What Grounds You

    A Poem About What Grounds You

    Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s poem “On Listening to Your Teacher Take Attendance” offers a way to ground yourself during vulnerable moments. The poet gathers strength from being loved, which helps her in times of displacement.

    A question to reflect on after you listen: What stories do you hold on to when you're feeling displaced?

    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

Jo_March ,

Calming & invigorating

I don’t know how it manages to be both at once - keeping me meditative & mindful but also alert to the world & wanting to be active & kind within it. Pádraig & the On Being team are a special, solid bunch.

MattRdavey ,

What a beautiful podcast

A brilliant way to start or end the day

jo_the_moe ,

Beautiful.

A profound and simple journey through the power of poetry

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