Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings; it takes its origin from emotion collected in tranquility."
~ William Wordsworth
April is National Poetry Month, a celebration very close to my heart. I've been writing poetry since the age of ten when my mother gave me a Kahlil Gibran journal to help me cope with my grandmother's suicide. Since then, I've believed that poetry is the true voice of the soul. The best poems are inspired by deep emotion and begin with an image or a feeling.
Most of us would agree that these are challenging and unusual times. I never thought we'd live through a pandemic. I thought it was something we'd only read about in history books, but here we are! The beauty of reading and writing poetry is one way to bring us all together, while at the same time giving us a creative outlet. Poetry is for everyone, everywhere. There are so many wonderful poems that are good for challenging times that I thought I'd share some of my favorites. Here they are:
"The Peace of Wild Things" by Wendell Berry
"The Laughing Heart" by Charles Bukowski
"Won’t You Celebrate With Me" by Lucille Clifton
"Perhaps the World Ends Here" by Joy Harjo
"The Layers" by Stanley Kunitz
"Kindness" by Naomi Shihab Nye
"I Worried" by Mary Oliver
"Election Years" by Donald Revell
Do you have any favorite poems to add to this list?
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