Writing PoetryGreat poets have a feeling for 'now'. They are able to put into words the feelings of an event, whether it's a battle, a love affair or a mundane walk in the park. While great poems come to be revered, they were mostly written as throw away lines. It's just that some poems remain resonant years after they were first penned. My point: great poems may be written now, it's just that we not recognise greatness because have not heard them often enough, or allowed sufficient time for their ideas to sink in.
A Poem Seen on London's Underground by W.B. Yeats
He wishes for his Cloths of Heaven
Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half-light, I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
W. B. Yeats (1865 - 1939)
A Modern Poem
What Is A Grandma?Someone to sigh with Someone to cry with, To be through smiles and woes Someone to talk with Someone to walk with Wherever a path in life goes, A Grandma is a Treasure, An all around pleasure, To share with, to care with, and love Wrapped with affection, And made to perfection, A Grandma is a gift from above
International National Poetry DaySince 1996 the USA dedicates the whole of the month of April to poetry. Meanwhile in New Zealand they have their own National Poetry Day in July.
Title UnknownYou can shed tears that she is gone Or you can smile because she has lived. You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back Or you can open your eyes and see all that she's left. Your heart can be empty because you can't see her Or you can be full of the love you shared. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live for yesterday Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember her and only that she's gone Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on. You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back Or you can do what she'd want. Smile, open your eyes, love and go on. Written by: Charles Henry Brent
Walk Within YouIf I be the first of us to die, Let grief not blacken long your sky. Be bold yet modest in your grieving. There is change but not a leaving. For just as death is part of life, The dead live on forever in the living. For all the gathered riches of our journey, The moments shared, the mysteries explored, The steady layer of intimacy stored, The things that made us laugh or weep or sing, The joy of sunlit snow or first unfurling of the spring, The wordless language of look and touch, The knowing, Each giving and each taking, These are not flowers that fade, Nor trees that fall or crumble, Nor are they stone For even stone cannot the wind and rain withstand And mighty mountain peaks in time reduce to sand. What we were, we are. What we had, we have. A conjoined past imperishably present. So when you walk the woods where once we walked together And scan in vain the dappled bank beside you for my shadow, Or pause where we always did upon the hill to gaze across the land, And spotting something, reach by habit for my hand, And finding none, feel sorrow start to steal upon you, Be still. Close your eyes. Breathe. Listen for my footfall in your heart. I am not gone but merely walk within you. From 'The Smoke Jumper' by Nicholas Evans
More Upcoming Interesting Dates:
October Special Events
- 1st China National Day 中國國慶節
- 5th World Teachers Day
- 6th International Doctor's Day
- 7th National Poetry Day (UK)
- 9th Hangul Proclamation Day or Korean Alphabet Day - (South Korea)
- Canadian Thanksgiving
- Columbus Day 2nd Monday in October
- 12th World Egg Day
- Grandparents Day UK
- 14th Battle of Hastings (1066)
- 16th World Food Day
- 16th Oscar Wilde's Birthday
- Yom Kippur
- 21st Trafalgar Day
- 24th United Nations Day
- British Summer Time Ends
- MLB World Series Starts
- 31st Halloween (Samhain)
Special DaysA calendar of 'special day todays' gives the year signposts. Incidentally every month has at least one Saint's day indicating the importance that our ancestors put on the seasons and having an excuse for a feast day. Knowledge of what's particular about today date can be a great ice-breaker for meeting both new and old friends. Will and Guy are also keen to make these festival day as international as possible, hence we have included Jewish and Muslim holy dates in amongst Christian festivals. See special day today for other months.
Special Day - Amusing Sayings to Use Today
- To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone. Reba McEntire
- If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular? Anonymous
- Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused.
- The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that carries any reward. John Maynard Keynes
- Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you don't have a leg to stand on.
- See more amusing sayings.