Poem Sampler

Get Well Soon Poems

Poetry from the Poetry Foundation archive to send to a sick friend.

by The Editors

Sometimes poetry is the best medicine. If someone you know could benefit from the curative powers of well-crafted verse, perhaps one of these poems will provide a needed pick-me-up.


Sniffles and Sneezes

Sneezles, A.A. Milne

Little Boy Blue, Darren Sardelli

Self Help, Bruce Covey


Hospitals and Doctors 

Rehab, Thomas Reiter

Between Walls, William Carlos Williams 

On the Subject of Doctors, James Tate 

What I Would Give, Rafael Campo


Enduring Illness

Station, Maria Hummel 

Matisse, Too, Alicia Ostriker

Sonnet XXI: In that time when it seemed the simple weight, Paul Engle

Speedway, Cedar Sigo

The Acts of Youth, John Weiners

The Chocolate Infection, G.E. Murray

Common Blue, Melissa Kwasny

Pacemaker, W.D. Snodgrass

Astrophil and Stella 101: "Stella is sick, and in that sick-bed lies,” Sir Philip Sidney



To a Marsh Hawk in Spring, Henry David Thoreau

Humidifier, Louise Gluck

Small Prayer, Weldon Kees

Leaving the Hospital, Anya Silver

The Decay of ancient knowledge,” Nick Lantz

What You Have to Get Over, Dick Allen

This Gentle Surgery, Malachi Black

Originally Published: May 9, 2012


On November 4, 2013 at 6:59pm sara wrote:
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