Today is National Poetry Day and the theme this year is Messages.
In the past, some of the poetry I’ve written has been a kind of therapy – a way for me to untangle my emotions. Poetry is also a way for me to express a ‘passion’ I feel about something. You don’t have to know about poetry form or follow strict rules … your words don’t have to rhyme or have a certain number of lines. You can invent your own form. Poetry is underrated!
National Poetry Day this year tells us to ‘say it with a poem.’ As well as penning your own, check out the great message poems you can enjoy and share (I love Roger McGough’s No Message) on the National Poetry Day website. Want to attend an event today? Waterstones at Exeter have a free performance for you to enjoy and Chichester library have a poetry and open mic session plus there are many more events in other areas.
Also available to download are free educational resources (you don’t have to be working in education to download the resources but you do need to subscribe to The National Poetry Day newsletter). There’s a great picture frame on the poster link that would be fabulous to get your children writing their own.
After reading an article linked on SquirrelBasket’s recent roundup news about new findings on how 32 million year old ‘Lucy’ may have died I’ve been thinking about the messages we can receive when the earth reveals her secrets.
This poem was written a long time ago when my sons were much younger and we used to visit Charmouth quite regularly on a fossil hunt. Although it has to be said the wonder they had on their faces (and ours) was exactly the same 13 years later on Doniford Beach this summer!
Will you be writing a poem (not just today – poetry is for life 🙂 )?