Ingrid Goff Maidoff - Tending Joy

"Love's kiss tastes of honey, drenching us with its sweetness. The heart opens, unfolding, a million petalled flower." ~Ingrid Goff-Maidoff, The Honey Sutras

Poetry quotations ~ good company for the poetic journey

I will add to this often, so do check back!

"Let the beauty we love be what we do." ~Rumi

"A good poem is like finding a hole in the palace wall - you never know what you might see." ~Tukaram

Poetry is the larger sense of the word ~ poems, stories, myths, paintings, dances, dreams ~ it is the most exhilarating and transporting vehicle for travel there is. ~Thomas Moore, Original Self

Poets are the antennae of the race. ~Ezra Pound

Poetry can be a stone, a prayer, a kiss or a gun. Poets write to create beauty, tell the truth, speak for those without voices, comfort the sorrowful, encourage the hopeless, call attention to that which is fragile, and encourage us to be mindful. ~Mary Pipher, Writing to change the World

Ultimately, a poem has an electrical force field which is love. ~ Joy Harjo

A good poem can set a listener adrift on a small raft under a vast night sky of stars. ~Jane Hirshfield

Just become quiet, still, and solitary,
and the world will offer itself to you
to be unmasked; it has no choice.
It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.
~Franz Kafka

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Ingrid Goff-Maidoff is a universalist poet, mystic, celebrant of beauty and encourager of spirit who lives on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Her work appears in numerous anthologies, and she has lovingly created dozens of books and gifts that help deepen intimacy with the sacred. Her blog, her inspirational offerings, and her popular Joy Postcards Newsletter all are found at