Yes, it’s true, aside from being both Easter and April Fool’s Day (which seems a bit unseemly, but there you go), today is the start of National Poetry Month. Especially for those of us who live where every year we convince ourselves that spring starts in April for sure, if not late March, and every year Mother Nature makes it clear that such is not her plan, what better activity to enliven your April than trying your hand at poetry!
If you’ve never tried writing poetry, this is your month to give it a try. Think back to how much you enjoyed the rhyming stories of your childhood, maybe starting as far back as A.A. Milne (one of my early favourites, but then again, I’m old!) or Dr. Seuss. Think about how much you enjoy (or enjoyed) reading rhyming stories to your children (and maybe grandchildren). It’s true that poetry doesn’t just mean lines that rhyme, but it’s a good (easy) place to start. And thanks to the Internet, there’s always help within reach. If you type your word of choice and “rhyme” into google, links will pop up to rhymezone.com and other sites that give lists upon lists of words that rhyme with your word of choice. Try, for example, ‘unicorn rhyme’ in your search box and see what comes up. It’s magic.
A new post from Carol Despeaux Fawcett’s OneWildWord.com blog this morning welcomed the first day of National Poetry Month with a poem from her recent poetry book, The Dragon & The Dragonfly, a truly lovely book that I introduced in my recent post, Writing through grief. This poem of Carol’s is marvelous, though the subject is not representative of most of the poems in the book, which was indeed an exercise in writing through grief. This morning’s post title is How to write from an animal’s point of view, and the animal whose viewpoint is front and center in the poem is the ever popular Tasmanian Cave Spider. How can one not be enchanted by such a poem?!
The idea of writing from an animal’s point of view holds great appeal for me. I’m not sure if my writings through Robby Robin’s eyes fill the bill or not; I think this question requires further reflection! 😉 In the meantime, I will leave you with a children’s poem I wrote after first learning about National Poetry Month six years ago. It’s an animal extravaganza, although I’m not sure it passes the “from their point of view” sniff test.
A Unicorn’s Potluck Picnic
A unicorn, commonly known as Will, lives deep in the forest beneath Big Nose Hill.
With the start of spring and nice warm sun, Will decides to have some fun.
He’ll invite his friends from wide and far ~ for a picnic and a grand bazaar.
He’ll ask the zebra of colourful stripe, the peacock from Small Nose with tail feathers bright,
Rudolph the Reindeer, who’s not busy yet, and the Easter Bunny, who’s worked up a sweat.
His list includes Simba, the Lion King lad, and Pumbaa, the warthog, Simba’s right hand,
Then Horton the elephant, never forget, and Penguin, who’s visiting, all soaking wet.
Big Bird and others will be asked as well; the blue jay and hummingbird think that is swell.
Robby Robin will come and bring worms for the group, while Crow will bring road kill made into a soup.
This Picnic of Spring will be so much fun, as forest friends eat, dance, and sing in the sun.
When they’re all tired out and ready to sleep, they’ll lie down on the soft ground and sleep in a heap.
Happy National Poetry Month, everyone!