April is (inter)national poetry month

today,  1 April 2013,  kicks off  (inter)national poetry month

here is my very favorite poem ~

First Fig

Edna St. Vincent Millay

My candle burns at both ends;

It will not last the night;

But ah,  my foes,  and oh,  my friends –

It gives a lovely light!

i hope you are planning to participate through the entire month of  April ~ write a poem every day  { you don’t have to post it }  or  read a poem every day  or  talk about poetry every day  or  do all three!

there are lots of  sites offering prompts and at least one hosting a giveaway and one that will send you an email of  a new poem every day.  i’ll have a fairly  long list posted for you later today.

i’m unable to put together the featured poet series again this year,  but i am going to do an encore presentation of  the features done in 2012 on all sixty poets.  they are incredible writers!

i hope to post a poem every day and i have a few other ideas on how to celebrate the month,  so please check back often.

thank you!  hope to see you soon.


here’s another one of  my favorite poems ~

“The Sound of  Silence”   Simon & Garfunkle

lyrics ~

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence

“Fools”, said I, “You do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words, like silent raindrops fell
And echoed
In the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said,
“The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls”
And whispered
In the sounds of silence



Filed under NaBloPoMo, NaPoWriMo, National Poetry Month, poet, poetry, Post-A-Day2013, Post-A-Week2013

4 responses to “April is (inter)national poetry month

  1. hey you…hope you are well…i am going to give it a go…i took last year off of NaPo …try not to burn that candle down too far..smiles.

    • i’ll be careful! {smile} thanks, brian! hope to be around to visit soon. may take a few days just to get in the swing of writing again.

  2. Good to see you, Dani. I don’t think I will do NaPoWriMo this month. Some years I have. This year I think I will do what I can & not stress myself out. LOL.

    • i had intended to write and post a poem a day in addition to re-posting the 2012 featured poets and a few other things. life gets in the way sometimes so i’m trying not to stress about it and just let it happen as it will. thanks so much for your support, Mary! ♥ i really appreciate it.

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