Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems by Kate Coombs and illustrated by Anna Emilia Laitinen
“How I rush rush rush!
Thoughts flutter and dart like birds.
Slow down, thoughts.
Come quietly with me.
There is time to breathe and be.”
These poems -- all of which follow the form of tanka, an early version of haiku -- encourage the reader to connect with nature: to slow down and find calm, to listen and feel in tune, to breathe and to be. For times when you feel like barking and snapping, or when “days crash like thunder and lightning,” the words and illustrations offer readers something concrete to connect to in a variety of situations, such as imagining leaves of worry and sadness drifting away in a stream.