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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Welcome To The Poetry That Is April...

"The sun was warm but the wind was chill. You know how it is with an April day. When the sun is out and the wind is still, You're one month on in the middle of May. But if you so much as dare to speak, a cloud come over the sunlit arch, And wind comes off a frozen peak, And you're two months back in the middle of March." ~Robert Frost

April is National Poetry Month!

What is National Poetry Month? National Poetry Month was established by the Academy of American Poets as a month-long, national celebration of poetry. The concept was to increase the attention paid-by individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our poetic heritage, and to poetry books and magazines. In the end, we hoped to achieve an increase in the visibility, presence, and accessibility of poetry in our culture. National Poetry Month has been successful beyond all anticipation and has grown over the years into the largest literary celebration in the world.

"Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby. The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk. The rain makes running pools in the gutter. The rain plays a little sleep-song on our roof at night-- And I love the rain." ~ Langston Hughes

T. S. Eliot wrote, "April is the cruelest month." Let's hope that National Poetry Month lessens that effect!

I have been a bit neglectful about posting and visiting this week. I hope you will forgive me!

Grace has this week off from school and we have been enjoying ourselves. I have some pictures to share and will at the end of the week. I do want you to know that I think of each and every one of you so often, even when I am away from my computer.

I also want to thank dear Andi and sweet Debra for recently offering me the most wonderful awards.

As you may have noticed (or not!), I had to remove some of my sidebar and that also included the awards. For some reason, blogger would not behave with them there.

I am still trying to re-post with them added. If that fails, I will add a new blog page just for them. I feel they are an honor and a testament to how loving this blog community really is.

Love and Hugs,

Susie Q


Andi said...

I love the Robert Frost poem you posted Sue. Our local Literacy Council is hosting a reading day later this month and I'm the poetry reader during the children's hour. I get to select my own material and I'm having such fun discovering new poems. If you have any special children's poems that I should share that day please let me know.

Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Andi

PAT said...

Beautiful poetry, Sue! Happy April, to you! I'll try to remember to include poetry in some of my posts.

We have been having some wild weather here in Missouri! I'm sure you've heard! We actually had glorious sunshine was wonderful. Today...we're back to rain! Which goes to careful what you wish for! I remember welcoming every little drop of moisture we received just a few short months ago! We have been blessed with rain this Spring, that is certain!


CIELO said...

Oh, I so love Robert Frost... I know exactly what he means! So true... Thank you for sharing such beaty with us. Those pics bring hope to my heart. Spring most come some day.. :)

have a great day


smilnsigh said...

Dear Heart, removing some of your sidebar {like numerous awards and lots of flickering things} makes your blog much quicker to load. :-)

Every single picture {every thing that's not print} takes time to load. So, the more such picture things we have on our page, the longer the load time.

And this also includes how many entries come up, every time. The more entries which come up, the more pictures that have to load, the longer the load time. I cut my entries down to only 2 showing, each time. All the rest are available, just be clicking backwards.

Morrrrrrrrre than you wanted/needed to know, I know. ,-)

Sandi McBride said...

Poetry month...It fits, April fits that...thanks for the reminder...and for posting such lovely works...Mr. Frost has always been a favorite.

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Happy Spring to you! Such a lovely post!


Cassandra said...

Enjoy your week with Grace...I'm sure you two will find all kinds of fun things to do!

Pamela said...

there is no lullaby that sweeps me into quiet rest more swiftly than the patter of rain on the sky window.