Did you know April is National Poetry Month? – I only realized it yesterday when I saw a notice in my local public library. How did I miss this? So embarrassing!
If you are like me, you may be a reluctant poet – someone who feels they don’t know enough about poetry to write it well, but who keeps learning and striving and experimenting with writing poems. If you are already a confident poet, kudos to you! And Happy National Poetry Month!
Who are your favorite poets? I truly enjoy many poets’ work, but I especially like W. S. Merwin, Joy Harjo, Rita Dove, William Carlos Williams, Langston Hughes, Robert Pinsky, and Ted Kooser and Billy Collins. – and more. Gosh, just being able to list poets I enjoy makes me feel more confident about my own work as a poet.
In honor of National Poetry Month, I decided today to try to write a poem every day in April. – Not necessarily here on the blog, but in my own writing practice.
Have you ever tried writing a poem each day? Or perhaps another daily creative routine, such as taking a photograph each day, or writing a blog post every day? Did you keep up with it, or did you let it drop after a few times? What did it teach you, or what did you get out of it?
Here is the poem I wrote today, “Pick Up a Rock” –
Pick Up a Rock
Pick up a rock
Your fingers automatically curl into a fist.
break a window
break a promise
break a bone
Pick up a rock
Keep your palm open.
build a hut
build a school
build a friendship
It all comes down to this:
closed fist or