April Poetry Month – an Acrostic Poem

April Poetry MonthPoetry Month

April was chosen as the month

Poetry would be declared

Readable and enjoyable,

Instead of ignored or sufferingly read.

Let the words speak for themselves,

Poets show their true worth.

Open all your minds and hearts,

Enjoy poetry’s re-birth.

Try to connect with the words,

Rhyme or freestyle verse.

Yesterday’s poets have had their fame,

Move on to the new wave.

Old time poems were taught in school,

Now contemporary leads the way.

Take the time, each day, to read a poem,

Have a fine poetic month.

 

by John Hansen © 2018

 

What is National Poetry Month? 
National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives every April.

Who started it? 
Inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), the Academy of American Poets established National Poetry Month in 1996. (source: www.poets.org)

Yesterday's Poets

John Hansen

Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure.

After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com.Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction.

I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren.

I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials.

It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems.

I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

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John Hansen

Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure. After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com. Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction. I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren. I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials. It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems. I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

8 thoughts on “April Poetry Month – an Acrostic Poem

  • April 6, 2018 at 6:58 PM
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    Very nicely penned acrostic, John. I enjoyed this poem and the history you included is interesting. Well done.

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  • April 6, 2018 at 7:06 PM
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    Hi Phyllis,
    Thank you so much. I enjoy writing an acrostic verse now and then. Much appreciated.

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  • April 6, 2018 at 7:19 PM
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    Nice work, John. Thanks for publicizing National Poetry Month. Even though it was founded as an American celebration, it has become a worldwide phenomenon. Maybe it is time for a name change to knock off the “National” emphasis and replace it with “World”. I will see if I can put something together and post it here on TCE.

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  • April 6, 2018 at 7:25 PM
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    Hi Chris, yes, I also feel it is time for a name change as it is spreading across the World. International Poetry Month or Wold Poetry Month, yes. Thanks for reading, and I hope to see another poem from you here soon.

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  • April 6, 2018 at 10:01 PM
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    Yes, I hope the other poets here do respond. Thank you for reading this Tony.

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  • April 7, 2018 at 10:43 PM
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    Happy poetry month my friend. How true though about poetry being more contemporary now than ever. Rhyming. Metered verse seems like a thing of the past. Great acrostic my friend.

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  • April 8, 2018 at 12:05 AM
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    Hi Paul, thanks for reading and your fine comment. Yes, Happy Poetry Month to you also.

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