Art and Spirit:
A place for inspiring art in various media; for inspiration and escape.
Compiled by the LfE team. Please send us content!
Lyrics for “Anthem” by Leonard Cohen.
“Ring the bells that can still ring,
Forget your perfect offering,
There is a crack in everything,
That’s how the light gets in“:
Shared by our friends, Appreciating People: a fab song from the Ukulele Orchestra of GB!:
Another great uplifting song we found today. From the amazing ukulele orchestra of GB- in wonderful isolation #lfe @Sallyshiels1 @LfEcommunity @hodgkissmtlc @DrLindseyGodwin @robbiecat https://t.co/RMfMzKyT7r
— Appreciating People (@AppreciatingP) May 1, 2020
“To Isaiah”, a graduation speech from Don Berwick – sad, but inspiring:
Shared via our LfEPlymouth team, this is lovely. Sound ON:
@UHP_NHS Today's appreciative piece is a poem shared with us by one of our close @LfEcommunity friends. A beautiful poem, thank you @AlisonSJones5 for the share @StevenKeithNHS @ClaireUnderdown @NickNickthomas @drmatthill01 https://t.co/vtfZ3nypo6
— Learning from Excellence, Plymouth NHS Trust (@lfeplymouth) April 24, 2020
Lots of locals sewing scrubs for staff! This poem was left in a pocket. Is this the kindness revolution we've all been desperate for? Thank you on behalf of everyone. #nhs @FrimleyHealth #wexham @FHFTRadiology #KindnessInAction pic.twitter.com/md4oz3GxZc
— KUNAL KHANNA (@kunal_khanna) April 23, 2020
Lovely poem here; the context for sharing is explained in the twitter thread:
What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare. pic.twitter.com/AwJDFomLAE
— Andrew Hobart (@PemburyDoc) April 21, 2020
“Our key workers”, by GeorgeThePoet
"We need to help the cause by keeping ourselves indoors.
There's everything to live for 'cos the world is yours."
— BBC Sounds (@BBCSounds) April 19, 2020
This app was designed for people living with dementia, but it is great for anyone who wishes to see high quality art galleries from home:
Some lovely, wonderful poetry collated here (#universeinverse):
The 2019 #UniverseInVerse full show released as quarantine soul-sustenance— poems of solace and perspective (Whitman, Dickinson, Auden, and more) read by amazing humans, including @respektor, @neilhimself, @amandapalmer, @JannaLevin, David Byrne, and more https://t.co/MJ6OJhtsyI pic.twitter.com/qswEsi0VHr
— Maria Popova (@brainpicker) April 15, 2020
Here are four lovely, optimistic lines from Saemus Heaney:
''Believe that a farther shore
Is reachable from here.
Believe in miracles
And cures and healing wells."
from 'The Cure at Troy' #OnThisDay, 81 years ago, the great Seamus Heaney was born.
Image by Louis Quail/Getty pic.twitter.com/mt43tdj9Wz
— Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again (@SeamusHeaneyNLI) April 13, 2020
This lovely poem from Kathleen O’Meara (1839-1888) seems incredibly apt nowadays:
We don’t know who wrote this one! But, again, very appropriate for the time we find ourselves in:
We can’t get enough of David Whyte’s poetry. This one “Everything is waiting for you” is wonderful. Best appreciated by listening to the author’s recital:
For fans of painting, and more specifically, David Hockney, see this lovely news item in which “David Hockney shares exclusive art from Normandy, as ‘a respite from the news’ “: