National Poetry Month - Carry a Poem

While brainstorming for this week's blog, I discovered that in 1996, the Academy of American Poets established April as National Poetry Month. All writers of poetry are invited to celebrate with libraries, schools, booksellers, teachers, and readers of this art form. Poetry has been with the human race even before we scribed it. Humanity uses poetry to tell tales, dedicate, profess love, honor, and express passion or emotion.

In fact, my first venture into writing wasn't a journal or a short story, but poetry.  I am not a trained poet. My poetry is reflective of my thoughts and feelings. Sometimes it rhymes. Often it has rhythm. It is not prose. It is a category that stands on its own.

The American Academy of Poetry ( suggests that during April everyone should carry a poem in a pocket, purse, or wallet. You may have a favorite one already. Perhaps you might want to peruse a book of poems or an anthology and select a new one just for this activity. Even if you personally never wrote a line of poetry in your life, you have loved a poem. Verse, the lines of a poem, are set to music. There may be a song or a refrain from a song that lives in your soul.

Personally, we all need to stop and honor all that is good about humanity in written, spoken or sung words. So, I invite all of you who read my blog to share your favorite poem with me and my readers. Share what has comforted you, inspired you, made you laugh, warmed your heart, touched your essence. Or if you don't have a favorite poem, vow to read one before the end of April.

Happy Poetry Month! Happy Nirvana!


Cee Gee said…
Pat - You regularly inspire me on so many levels. I will be adding a poem on my blog page this month because of your post and encouragement. I wrote it after Mom died, after reflection on the poem that she personally chose for her memorial cards. Thanks again for your inspiration.

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