What, you may (obviously) ask, is almost over?
I hesitate to say right away. After all, most of my readers are North Americans. North Americans, unlike those in many other parts of the world…well…they…um…you…er…sometimes…don’t even want to hear about this stuff.
Here, I will let this guy help me out. It’s a short one; trust me.
Who is “that guy”? And why did I let him read that to you?
“That guy” is Billy Collins, twice Poet Laureate of the United States, known for his accomplishment of actually greatly popularizing poetry in this country of the “poetically averse.”’
See, Billy made clear in that poem why so many avoid poetry—at least in my country. Not realizing that it can be playful, emotional, healing, cleansing, uplifting, heart-opening to read or write it, many avoid it for the very reasons he lampoons in that poem.
We were taught that “poetry” was an obscure, hard to understand thing.
Or how about this one?
“Whatever happens. Whatever
what is is is what
I want. Only that. But that.”
That is the poem “Prayer,” by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Galway Kinnell. Simple enough. Hard to understand? Not. I’m sure my English teacher would never have let me use the word “is” three times in a row! See…poetry. Where anything goes. Definitely.
Here’s a really fun one!:
God Says Yes To Me
I asked God if it was okay to be melodramatic
and she said yes
I asked her if it was okay to be short
and she said it sure is
I asked her if I could wear nail polish
or not wear nail polish
and she said honey
she calls me that sometimes
she said you can do just exactly
what you want to
Thanks God I said
And is it even okay if I don’t paragraph
Sweetcakes God said
who knows where she picked that up
what I’m telling you is
Yes Yes Yes
~ Kaylin Haught
And if you still aren’t convinced….well, I could go on and on with poems that I adore, but here is an article entitled, “Nine Poems That Will Change Your Mind About Poetry” that has a superb variety…there will be something that you love, I promise!
And of course we haven’t even approached slam poetry! Here is a slam poet whose video went viral with over 4 million views:
Then there is mystical poetry, Native traditional poems, lyrics, nursery rhymes, and countless other poetic opportunities to see life afresh (Magnetic Refrigerator Poetry, anyone?)
So, what is almost over? It’s the last day of National Poetry Month in the good ol’ U.S. of A. I hope this helped open you up to the idea of welcoming some fresh sources of inspiration for the 11 months ahead…until the next National Poetry Month .
And I hope that you will write some yourself!
Poetry can be truly healing….and that is what I want to help bring to you; many avenues of healing.
Please share your favorite poems (yours or others) or links to poems that you love, below!