“I usually start my mornings reading a poem. It’s a meditative medium for me. It forces me to focus and be present in the moment. Writing and reading poetry aloud does improve my mental health and well-being. It also encourages self-reflection. Many studies have shown that the right-brain benefits from reading poetry. As it allows the reader to be more open to new perspectives. Poetry isn’t just about reading the words; it’s also about understanding the sounds and emotions. To really read a poem, is to step away from the immediate demands of life and engage in imaginative activity”. – Tom Melsen

Under sheets and
through the safety of
the silent night
Our love was born
and read upon the beauty
of soft lunar light

(excerpt from The Search, Aftermath, published 2021)

Tom Melsen reads his poem “Heartless”, included in the 2021 collection Aftermath.