Literature is medicine

To the Editor:

In trying times, it often refreshes the spirit to read some poetry, essays or folklore, and fables are wonderful.

You know, light enough to soothe the mind by the novelty of the matter, yet substantial enough to quicken the thought process into new synergies.

The diversion can wash the sludge away.

For example, here’s an ancient fable that has not been eroded by time, called “The Ass in the Lion’s Skin” The title has become a byword for “a coward who hectors, a fool that apes the wise man.” In the fable, he tries to disguise himself in a lion pelt, but the ass was soon revealed by his braying.

A window through which we see inside and out, literature is an endless delight!

JoAnne Fuerst

Northeast Harbor

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