April is National Poetry Month

Large-Blue-RGB-National-Poetry-Month-LogoYou may or may not be aware that April is National Poetry Month in many countries. There’s a great website called Poets.org with all sorts of information about how to celebrate this wonderful form of writing, in this month and all year round.

We are quite proud to publish poetry. We have three resident poets, Sara Bond, Geoff Moeller and Iain S. Thomas who writes under the pen name of pleasefindthis. All of them have a unique and free way of writing poetry, capturing the emotion of life succinctly and accurately.

Poetry is important. In a world of instant gratification and micro reading – poetry is as relevant today as it ever has been. It appeals to readers of all ages, genders, nationalities and religions. It is both ancient and modern. It satisfies a need for literature in the shortest time possible and stays with the reader well after the poem has been read.

Let me leave you with a poem that I’m currently grooving on.

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

By Maya Angelou

The free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wings
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings
with fearful trill
of the things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill for the caged bird
sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn
and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

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