Writing my way through the A-to-Z blogging challenge, I’ve tasked myself with exploring the concepts of pronoia (the belief that the universe is conspiring to shower us with blessings), quiety (serenity) and peace – all through the lens of unusual, obscure, or simply delightful-to-me words.
W is for…
walleteer – one who carries a wallet
I think this word segues nicely into what else I want to talk about today. It happens to be Poem in Your Pocket Day, the annual celebration in the United States that helps wind up National Poetry Month on a delightful note. People are encouraged to carry a poem in their pocket and share it with others throughout the day.
I’ve been doing this for several years. I love poetry. It’s essential to my life, and I can’t remember the last day I didn’t read some. If I were in charge of things there would be no armies, only poetry academies and versification salons. And everyone would look forward to April’s thirty days of celebration.
Seeing how today is W day in the land of A-to-Z, and my chosen word is walleteer, I made a a paper wallet – an origami fold – into which I’ve slipped three poems I’ll be sharing today.
I try to be mindful when quoting poems here on my blog to use only short excerpts or only those that are in the public domain, so as to respect the rights of the poets. So I’m not going to post the poems here. But no worries – I am linking to them and really encourage you to take a moment and check them out.
- If you only have time for one poem, I’d love you to check out Jane Hirshfield’s poem On the Fifth Day. She wrote it specifically for the March for Science which occurred this past Saturday – the collective gathering to support Science not Silence in response to the current government administration. Read the poem here.
- The second poem I’m sharing today is An Inventory of Moons by David Shumate. I’m a moon lover as well as a poetry lover and yesterday we celebrated the new moon, so a little lunar poetry seems appropriate. Shumate is prose poet and I have a great love of prose poetry as well. Read the here.
- The third poem in my wallet that I’m sharing today is David Whyte’s All the True Vows. I’ve been immersing myself in Whyte’s work this year, and considering I’m also pondering truth (see my post from yesterday) this felt like a good choice. Read the here.
So tell me, what do you think? Are you a poetry fan? Celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day? Are you a walleteer? Think poetry is a great currency to carry? Do tell – you know I love to hear.