Who needs poetry anyway? You do!
Not all poems are difficult to understand, many are quite accessible and inspirational.
You like music, right? What do you think song lyrics are?! Poetry of course!
Poetry calls us to slow down and listen. The language and rhythm of poetry invites us to break out of the trap of logical thinking, and to tap into our deep intuition - our inner knowing. A poem that really speaks to us can demand our attention in such a way as to offer us possibilities beyond what we have dared to dream of in our “real” life.
Here are a few short examples:
Give me the pulse of the tide again
And the slow lapse of the leaves,
The rustling gold of a field of grain
And a bird in the nested eaves…
Dance me to the children who are asking to be born.
Dance me through the curtains that our kisses have outworn.
Raise a tent of shelter now though every thread is torn, and dance me to the end of love.
'Hope' is the thing with feathers --
That perches in the soul --
And sings the tune without the words --
And never stops -- at all
And when you ran to me
Your cheeks flushed with the night
We walked on frosted fields
Of juniper and lamplight
I held your hand…
Like those? I hope I’ve whet your appetite for more poetry!
Stop into the Library during the month of April and check out our display of poetry books.
Take it even further and celebrate National Poem in Your Pocket Day, by selecting one of the photocopied poems (or choose one of your own) from the table display. Keep the poem with you all day on April 28th and take time to read it to yourself and to anyone willing to listen throughout the day!
Poetry helps us all to be more fully engaged - more fully human.
Consider this quote inscribed on the headstone of the great artist Jackson Pollock in a cemetery on the East End of Long Island:
Artists and poets are the raw nerve ends of humanity. By themselves they can do little to save humanity. Without them there would be little worth saving.