I write because I can
Makes me think I can fly
Gives me the chance to try
My words have wings
©2021 Annette Rochelle Aben
All month long, we are encouraged to write poetry, read poetry, share it, perform it and celebrate the lives of poets you may know or not know!
The Academy of American Poets has a website filled with ideas, scheduled events and resources for teachers to foster an enthusiasm for poetry!
If you know a poet, check out some of their books…Oh, if you are reading this, you DO know a poet. My books can be found through my Author Central Page Nine of the twelve books I have available are strictly poetry books. And my most recent book, A Haiku Perspective 2018 is #1 Hot New Release in Japanese Poetry – Haiku on Amazon Kindle.
Thank you to all who appreciate the work of poets. Thank you to all who celebrate life through the writing of poetry. Thank you to all who believe in the power of words to lift the spirit and spark the imagination.
This is OUR MONTH!
Walk around with a poem in your pocket, do ya? Well, there is a day celebrated throughout the United States and Canada just made for folks such as yourself…
That’s right, April 27th is THAT DAY! The American Academy of Poets continues to enjoy National Poetry Month (April) by inviting you to join them, by sharing your poetry, or your favorite poetry all day! Visit http://www.poets.org for suggestions as well as to find out what others are doing in your area!
The beautiful thing about sharing poetry is that sharing poetry is a beautiful thing!
YES! I am sharing a poem with you, here… This is one I wrote for one of the Ministers in my church in honor of his 50th birthday… As this was written back in the 1990’s he has since forgiven me…
Oh, How Nifty to be Fifty
To have the freedom to say exactly what you mean
And the right to be loud, and cause public scenes
And the fashion sense to wear colors that don’t quite go together
And the forgetfulness to dress inappropriately for all types of weather
And to understand they put rails in showers
And to enjoy doing absolutely nothing for hours and hours
And to appreciate creamed spinach and toast with chipped beef
And to be able to ride the bus without having to give up your seat
And to plan vacations for warmer climate states
And to be the reason most drivers tailgate
And to be truly rewarded for your half century
With major discounts through AARP
And while you’re younger than your children and older than your folks
You’re at the right age for public ridicule and to be the butt of cruel jokes
And yet you may be thinking of all the paybacks you could send
Remember, living well is truly the best revenge!
(c) Annette Rochelle Aben 2017
Okay, I showed you mine, now show me yours!