Today marks the beginning of National Poetry Writing Month.
An invitation has been extended to poets to ‘stop and smell the roses’ (sigh and yum). …To celebrate and practice their craft by writing a poem a day for the whole month. There will be prompts (for instance today’s is to write an ‘ekphrastic poem’, that is, a poem inspired by or about a work of art) and poetry writers have been asked to submit their sites and blogs if they wish to participate. I’m giving it a go (?!%|>**) and so for the next month I will be posting a poem a day here at Wonder.Meant.
… settling in now for poem number one after a loooooong slow morning in the pool and a coffee and book at the markets, I wish you a Happy first of April, a happy autumn and of course, a happy national poetry month…
As said by one of my 10 year old students, poetry is a wonderful way to connect to your self as much as communicate ideas and feelings in a way that leaves out just enough, leaves just a little mystery, that the reader can feel and imagine and connect, find them selves, in your words.
I know. Great huh.
(see here for more details on the month of poetry).
To lean into this
is to make choices to forget.
To avoid the work and
the opportunity to discover
I have two legs
and I can run;
But though something is satiated in the taste of sweat
There are ways to become breathless
Far more intoxicating
Ways to make the heart beat
Far more confidently
And ways to become illuminated
all over again of
Than if I were to lean into this place of