Tomorrow, April 1st, is the first day of the Blogging from A-Z Challenge. This is my first year as a participant. April is also National Poetry Month. Each day in April, I will post a poem for the letter of the alphabet of that day, according to the challenge. Sundays will be a free day for the challenge, with no A-Z posting.
This month, I look forward to sharing poems that have meant something to me. My deep connection to poetry began in eighth grade. Mrs. Turner, my English teacher, assigned a poetry project for one term. We were to collect at least twenty-five poems. We could write some of them, but not all. I compiled fifty poems into an elaborate binder; ten poems were my own.
It was then that I fell in love with Langston Hughes and Gwendolyn Brooks. I also became acquainted with Robert Frost and others. I realized that I already loved the poetry of Shel Silverstein, Dr. Seuss, and other children’s poets. I had always loved poetry and words. These poets wrote their feelings and thoughts, but I realized that they also said what I felt.
As a kid from a difficult childhood, this was very empowering for me. I learned I could write my own words, feelings, and observations. Perhaps I could somehow be the voice for others, too. I could connect to others in a meaningful way.
Words are powerful tools, conveying the full spectrum of feelings, experiences, and observations. They carry us through life, connecting us to the world. I hope that you will enjoy the poems that I share with you. I hope they will speak to you in some way. Perhaps you will be inspired to read a poetry book or to even write a poem.