It’s April. April is National Poetry Month and that has me to thinking about poetry and poetry books I’ve been given as gifts and what a gift poetry is. I believe that a book of poetry is always an appropriate gift, to be opened and re-opened over time and situation, something new being revealed or perhaps there is comfort in the familiar cadence the words evoke, a comfort forgotten.
Often I forget how much I love poetry and that comfort, the astonishment, and, yes, even the questions it elicits from deep recesses of the mind and heart. There is something in the rhythmic flow of poetry that settles a runaway mind or brings a smile to the lips. Or, a tear to the eye.
Read poetry this month, give a poem or a book of poetry as a gift. Read it out loud to yourself, to a child, or to a friend. Listen to someone recite their poetry, or read a long loved verse from Rumi or Mary Oliver (or your favorite poet). Discover a new poet and get to know them. It is always a good thing!