It seems like every month is dedicated to enough issues for me to ignore the entire concept, but April is National Poetry Month, and my son broke out the shortest, wittiest, loveliest poem I’ve heard in a very long time.
In a world of two,
There is no ‘who?’
It actually took me a minute to get it, and I googled to make sure the lines weren’t from some poem I didn’t know. Instead, I found out what it’s like to have my child’s talent surpass my own. (It’s awesome.)
Of course, the theme of his next poem is farts but look how popular Philip Larkins’ poem on parents screwing you up is. Keeping it real is where it’s at!
Poets.org also has 30 ways to celebrate poetry month (plus a free poster). We aren’t doing a 30-day-challenge or anything, but I think it’s good for people to experience poems. The kids and I read aloud from my shelf of poetry books or listen online (youtube is a treasure trove of poets reading their works), and I’m always on the lookout for kids’ books with illustrated poems inside.
And yes, I miss writing poetry although I don’t miss the rejection letters. Happy National Poetry Month!