Poetry Can Relieve Your Stress
There is some confusion as to whether Poem in Your Pocket Day and the celebration of poetry is April 14 or April 28. The idea is to share your favourite poem with your friends and co-workers. You may share the actual piece of paper you wrote it on or you can Tweet it or FB it. Poetry can be shared at any time.
Poetry can be a mantra for living. It can express your emotions. Sometimes it can remind us of those we have loved or lost. Poetry can give a spiritual connection. It can provide you with a new perspective, and it can transport you.
One of my favourites for living my life is by Dylan Thomas. Life is to be lived, not watched.
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
I found this a couple of years ago when I was first looking into Poetry Month. I liked the last verse of this poem by Cristelle Elaine Collera as my son was going through his first ‘break-up’:
Don’t let them just break your heart
Do the best, play your part.
Stand up, pretend the pain ain’t there
‘Cause sometimes, life’s just not fair.
Sometimes we find lessons in poems that are bang on.
Beverly’s Hot Tips For Celebrating National Poetry Month:
- Go through your old books and re-visit some of the poems that use to connect to your heart
- Search through the Internet to find some old classics or to read what a younger generation is writing about
- Write your own poem to express your gratitude or your emotions. It can help you to go deeper and sort out all that you are experiencing
- Share your poems with others
What Is Your Favourite Type Of Poetry?
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