Celebrate Poet's Day on August 21st. Take the time to honor your favorite poet, especially if it's yourself! Write a poem, read a poem or perform a poem. You could even comment on this post with one of your favorites.
I'm a fan of brevity when it comes to poetry, one of my favorites being:
by Margaret Atwood
You fit into me
like a hook into an eye
a fish hook
an open eye
Yay, poetry! My favorite poet is Ted Kooser. http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/1269
One of my newest favorites is this poem:
if you flew
up to the sky
beside the moon,
you would twinkle
like a star.
Thanks for sharing that link to Ted Kooser, Jillean. He grew up in the same town my mom did and is just a few years older that she is.
Shel Silverstein has always been one of my favorites!
Where the Sidewalk Ends
There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.
Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow
We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.
Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go,
For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.
Shel Silverstein is also one of my long-time favorites, and for summer reading this year, I read Black Stars in a White Night Sky by JonArno Lawson. (http://catalog.cantonpl.org/record=b1444240~S10) It had a Silverstein-y feel to it and I really enjoyed it.
Thanks to everyone who shared a favorite poem! What a way to celebrate Poet's Day.