Well, all the April Fool’s jokes are over and done with, so now it’s time for National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate poets and their poems. The National event was started in 1996 by the National Academy of Poets.
Celebrate National Poem In Your Pocket Day will be Thursday, April 14, 2011. The idea of Poem In Your Pocket is simple: select a poem you like during National Poetry Month then carry it with you on April 14th to share with co-workers, family, and friends.
Haiku is my favorite form of poetry….3 lines–the first and third with 5 words. the second with 7, usually relating to something in nature. That’s it. Simplicity in form. Try writing one, you may find you like it.
Here’s a poem to get you started for National Poety Month from one of America’s most beloved poets, Dr. Seuss—
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
On that note this person has decided where to go–to investigate some Carl Sandburg and Robert Frost poems over a cup of Watkins Chai this morning—
Join me in reading or writing a poem a day this month.
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