Thirty Days of Poetry: Day #11

Day #11: Poets.org

Celebrating National Poetry Month by highlighting 30 days of literary publishers who produce poetry you can listen to, watch, or read, in 5 minutes or less.

If you’re the luckiest person in the world, you have an Anne in your life. My Anne is my neighbor, more than a generation older than I in years, but infinitely younger in spirit. She walked the wilderness where I now live before she was a newlywed.

Anne, a trained biologist and former orange rancher, is the first person who taught me the ways of the trails out my back door, after I moved to our canyon. She patiently named the wildflowers and birds, taught me how to clap leaden mud from boots after a rainy hike, how to avoid stepping on rattlesnakes. She gives my grandchildren birdseed to attract the next generation of songbirds to our oaks and sycamores.

Today’s recommendation, Poets.org, a project of the Academy of American Poets is for Anne, and all the elders who patiently, gladly, pass along traditions and knowledge to upcoming generations.

The Academy of American Poets was “Founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry—the producer of Poets.org, Poem-a-Day, National Poetry Month, and more.” You’ll find poems, poet biographies, lesson plans, videos, events, and a poem-a-day feature.

With thousands of poems to peruse, it might seem daunting to begin. But with Anne in mind, I selected “Eye on the Sparrow,” by Georgina Marie Guardado.

It begins:

I woke to rapid flapping, the air cold
the time unknown. The dog’s paws tapping
on chill hardwood floor. Sudden
commotion. Jumping to corral what was
assumed to be an animal fight, I find
a California Towhee in my dining room.

from “Eye on the Sparrow” by georgina marie guardado

Listen to the poet read “Eye on the Sparrow” to you.

“…We sit
together for what seems like hours…”

Good poetry can do that. Slow down time. Fill you with wonder.

May your day be long enough. Slow enough and filled with enough wonder and beauty.

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