Poem in Your Pocket Day
Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. — Robert Frost
Well, I’ll bet this is a new one for most of my readers — Thursday, April 18 is “Poem in Your Pocket” Day and it’s a part of National Poetry Month. On this day, you are asked to select a poem, carry it with you, and share it with others at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, street corners, and on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem. So today’s blog is an homage to this fabulous idea for a day to celebrate poetry.
The above quote is from Robert Front, an American poet. Most people have at least heard of Robert Frost from studies in school (at least many years ago when I was in school). “Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening” and ”The Road Less Taken.” Simple words, vivid images, full of life. A great American treasure who we should take the time to get to know over and over again.
Kahlil Gibran was born in Lebanon. I really did not understand the beauty that could be conveyed with words until I discovered Kahlil Gibran’s book “The Prophet.” Although written in 1923, it is one of the most beautiful expressions of language that I’ve ever read. The book covers all aspects of life as the poet expounds on various subjects from marriage and love, children, work, leisure to old age and death. A very different kind of poetry from the simple verse of Robert Frost, but both use exquisite language which evokes feelings of awe and wonder. I highly recommend these poets for your consideration and enjoyment.
Poetry is a very special form of expression to me. Those of you who have read my memoir “Screw the Eggshells" (still available at Amazon.com) know that I have included some of my poems in the book. Actually, I can say that poetry is my favorite form of writing, and the hardest to achieve.
My latest foray into the world of poetry is to write haikus. A Haiku is a Japanese poetry form written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, often on the subject of nature. I have been writing these haikus as I walk on the beach near Wilmington, NC and plan to incorporate them into a book of poetry. Here is an example of one of my seaside haikus.
The land and sea meet
gentle as a mother’s lips
caressing my toes.
Now I will humbly include one of my own recent poems for your discernment and contemplation during National Poetry Month and Poem in Your Pocket Day.
WHEN THE LIGHT DIMS
We are all lights in the world.
Our actions shine as our lights.
Or we are dimmers —
Do we diminish or enhance the totality of light in the world?
A firefly lights up the night
for an instant, dispelling the darkness
with a pinprick of light,
first here, then far away.
What do we do to create light in this life?
Do we talk to a homeless man or
provide assistance to someone who is suffering?
Do we feed the hungry and clothe the naked, or
perform anonymous random acts of kindness?
When you left this mortal world
too soon, even in the winter of your years,
the light where I live was diminished.
Did anyone else notice?
It depends on the shadow you cast
during your time in the light.
Our shadow is a moving picture of our place in the world.
Together let us join our shadows
in a cacophony of spreading luminosity.
Today on #Poem in your Pocket Day, help celebrate the poets of our society. Share a favorite poem on Facebook. Promote the work of local poets. Write a poem of your own and share it.