National Poetry Month
April is National Poetry Month in the USA but it is a good opportunity (and excuse) for poets the world over to be more active and passionate about producing the writing they love and share it with the world. I hereby challenge every poet who reads this to try to be more productive than usual this month. Some may be able to write a poem per day, though I know I won’t be able to do that. Do your best. Good luck.
April comes but once every year,
Poetry month is here.
Reason for poets to write what they love,
I throw down the poetic glove,
Let’s all write poems without fear.
Never believe the popular myth
Avouring our work’s lesser worth.
Take every criticism direct on the chin,
In adversity let more poems be birthed.
Only we know these opinions are wrong,
Noble poets as one we’ll be strong.
Always take pride in the art you create,
Let history shape poetry’s fate.
Poets may come and poets may go,
Only their poems lives on.
Eternally delighting the lovers of verse,
To form the basis of songs.
Reach for the skies with each word you pen,
Yearn for the best that you can.
Mightier is the pen than the sword,
Often a war’s won through words.
Never give up your desire to create
To separate whey from the curds.
Hold onto your dreams.. It’s never too late, and poetry’s not for the birds.
by John Hansen © 2017
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