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Poetry: April 01, 2020 Issue [#10097]

 This week: It's Poetry Month!
  Edited by: eyestar~
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About This Newsletter

*Poseyp* Hello Readers! I am back as a guest editor this month! I love April National Poetry Month, and so many birthdays in my family. Including mine. *Wink* Guess whose famous poets birthdays have birthdays in April!,

*Umbrellap* Maya Angelou, April 4, 1928

"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."

"You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them."

*Umbrellab* William Wordsworth, April 7, 1770

"Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility."

"I listened, motionless and still; And, as I mounted up the hill, The music in my heart I bore, Long after it was heard no more."

"Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart."

*Umbrellag* Seamus Heaney, April 13, 1939

"The completely solitary self: that's where poetry comes from, and it gets isolated by crisis, and those crises are often very intimate also."

"Poetry is always slightly mysterious, and you wonder what is your relationship to it."

*Umbrellar* Shakespeare, April 23, 1564

"To be or Not to be, that is the question."

"All the world's a stage and men and women are merely players."

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Letter from the editor

*Umbrellap* Happy Poetry Month! *Poseyr* NaPoWrMO days are here.

Maureen Thorson, in her March 2013 blog announced this little activity to write a poem a day in April! Since then, it is a national event! National Poetry Writing Month!

So what will you scribe, oh bards of WDC and beyond? And how will you get inspiration? One of our birthday poets Wordsworth used nature that appealed to his senses and mirrored the inner being.

His words: "I listened, motionless and still; And, as I mounted up the hill, The music in my heart I bore, Long after it was heard no more."

has an idea I can relate to as my muse often raises as I walk hills and fields tuning in to their magic. I have great memories of the summer walks when winter closes the paths to wander. In silent communion the soul may hear its own song reflected in nature.

Seamus Heaney said:

"The completely solitary self: that's where poetry comes from, and it gets isolated by crisis, and those crises are often very intimate also."

I can relate to the inspiration here too. How many times do crisis happen, provoking the self to respond. Poets do it with words.

This April, with the chaos in the world with the virus, how can we turn it into a venue for poetry, expressing all the possible feelings, opinions, and with grace, inspire hope that "this too shall pass", as Lao Tzu, once said.

The influential Maya Angelou in her experiential wisdom wrote:

"You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them."

Could we as poets encourage people expressing as mirrors of understanding and beacons of hope?

and finally, what if just expressing what comes up in your heart...as a clearing for all who may feel the same. the ups and the downs...so it does not stay stuck in our consciousness and can be freed up un-resisted. A new empty space, as we know, is created when we let something go free! *Heart* And out of that empty space, new vision, new notions never seen before can arise. *Fire*

so in the words of William Wordsworth:

"Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart." *Heartv*

*Burstr**Sun* Celebrate poetry and our lives as you write daily in NaPoWriMo! *Heart*

*Questionp* Where?

Your blog, a scrap of paper, a notebook, and here at WDC:

Dew Drop Inn  (18+)
April poem-a-day poetry spot!
#1370829 by Katya the Poet

The Daily Poem - paused  (13+)
New round coming soon! Stay tuned!
#2133562 by Jayne

The Poet's Place   (E)
Poets can discuss, review, request reviews, etc. of their unique form of writing.
#1937699 by Dave

or off site to Maureen's site: http://www.napowrimo.net/

*Questiony* What does WDC offer for this yearly magic to prompt your poetic muse?

Dew Drop Inn  (18+)
April poem-a-day poetry spot!
#1370829 by Katya the Poet

*Smile* If you don't write poetry, read and share your favourites on newsfeed! Browse by type or check out Poetry contest items!

*Poseyy*Want to try some poetry forms

"INDEX - Poetry Forms/Researching Poetry

*Poseyp* Want to just read some awesome famed poetry found and enjoyed by our WDC authors!

Participants just concluded this year's round of "Pursue the Horizon - Open for Signups! *Heart*

*Fairy2* Whereever the muse takes you, be inspired to express yourself and celebrate Poetic Word Wizardry everywhere! *Quill*

Now , A little poem that inspired me by J.R.R. Tolkien: I Sit and Think

I sit beside the fire and think
of all that I have seen,
of meadow-flowers and butterflies
in summers that have been;

Of yellow leaves and gossamer
in autumns that there were,
with morning mist and silver sun
and wind upon my hair.

I sit beside the fire and think
of how the world will be
when winter comes without a spring
that I shall never see.

For still there are so many things
that I have never seen:
in every wood in every spring
there is a different green.

I sit beside the fire and think
of people long ago,
and people who will see a world
that I shall never know.

But all the while I sit and think
of times there were before,
I listen for returning feet
and voices at the door.

Is your Muse knocking
at your little hobbit hole door?

Have fun, be peace and take care! *Heart*

Thanks for reading!


Editor's Picks

*Umbrellag* Enjoy some of our Poetical Magic!

Memories of Wonderland!*Rabbit2**Clock*

"A2. The Jabberwocky
The Poem of Jabberwocky Nonsense  (13+)
A. 2. "Jabberwocky"- create a nonsensical poem of your own in this same format.
#2215491 by SB Musing

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*Shamrock* A little Irish flair

 They’re coming back!  (E)
Are snakes returning to Ireland?
#2215496 by ☮ The Grum Of Grums

A Limerick
#2215735 by Monty

 Coronavirus   (E)
A limerick
#2215696 by Sumojo

Tingling Hooves  (13+)
Leaving Hoof Prints Around Ireland
#2214768 by ♥HOOves♥

*Rain* Read on!

A walk in the forest  (E)
#2158802 by Zennati El Hassane

Turn on You  (13+)
Turning the tables on a prankster.
#2217199 by Jatog the Green

Morning  (E)
Good morning!
#2217212 by Lilliy Loidd 🪔

Discovering Dawn   (E)
Finding hope and sanity amidst a calamity. Life goes on.
#2217045 by Elycia Lee ☮ Chap Goh Mei

Inner-Dimensional Elementals  (13+)
They'll take you into the past or future, following the directional wave of energy.
#2211753 by Intuey

Poetry Topic of the Month Contest  (13+)
Win up to 5,000 GPs. It ends at midnight at the end of each month. Suggest the topic.
#2216416 by Sharmelle ~Valentine Greetings

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Ask & Answer

*Questionp* Chat time: tell me: are you writing a poem a day in April? What is your favourite poem? Where do you get ideas for a daily dose of poetry? *Think*

*Delight* Thank you everyone for responding to my last Poetry letter: "Poetry Newsletter (February 5, 2020)

"Fantastic! Thanks for sharing. He sounds like a sweet person. I mean, he does write for children?! You figure he would have a kind soul. Very thought-provoking, in that you made me wonder about what different people's "offices" look like. In Africa, I'm sure a hunter has his own type of office/workshop if you will. A counselor usually has soft light, beautiful, warm and/or colourful, joyful objects.
Out here on the island, surrounded by water your office mostly has floating, water-resistant objects in it.
Oddly shaped pieces of wood or rock? Neat items that are old relics or animal teeth?
I'm a comedian. Actually, I'm a joker (that's why I date all these fools!) and that centipede poem has all the makings of the kind of cheesy one-liner I love.
Good questions too! You've inspired me to do something for children next. I like hoping from one wildly different genre or style to another. It really helps keep me motivated to write. I find it easy to procrastinate if my interest is lost or I'm deterred by the sheer volume of work."

*Laugh*I am so glad it tickled your muse! *Delight*

"I will always be a child at heart, Thank you."

*Laugh* Me too! *Fairy*

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