I am somewhat ashamed to admit that I have never been a big fan of poetry, despite being an avid reader of books, fiction and non-fiction alike.
In all honestly, I would rather read paragraphs of dense prose than try to grapple with a few lines of verse. It's very rare that I ever stop to read poetry or connect with it in a human way, which is quite sad really, as I'm almost certainly missing out on an extremely rich reservoir of human expression.
There is however one poem which I never tire of. It is so beautifully contained, peaceful and bittersweet.
When I feel overwhelmed or at odds with the world, I come back to this.
Come, let us all be friends for once,
Let us make life easy on us,
Let us be lovers and loved ones,
The earth shall be left to no one.
Yunus Emre, 13th Century Turkish poet and Sufi mystic