Moon Over My Arky

People are on the move today, traveling from distant spots to experience the solar eclipse in real time. This convergence of world events happening alongside the eighth day of National Poetry Month 2024 would be (for some) an ideal opportunity to commemorate. Perhaps there are hundreds (thousands?) of poets waxing eloquent about the waxing (and waning) of the moon. Not me.

As a helpful tool for people unable to travel directly into the darkened path, NASA has provided a virtual map. In our local area, the main thoroughfares have posted warnings prohibiting parking on the shoulders during the eclipse, so it would seem there’s an expectation of multiple misdemeanor law-breakers early this afternoon. (I wonder if troopers will be so distracted by the eclipse they’ll forget to hand out tickets?) Continue reading “Moon Over My Arky”

Basketful of Joy

Day seven of National Poetry Month 2024 and there were multiple poems I might have posted here today. However, since it’s a Sunday, I wanted to take a slightly more serious tone. (In general, I tend to lean more on the humorous side. If you can’t laugh in this life, it’s got to be pretty dismal overall. That’s not a world in which I’m very comfortable.)

Today’s sonnet celebrates my joy of living (joie de vivre). Some years ago, I remember a certain political candidate stating an opinion that there were many Americans (about half the country) who could be appropriately characterized as a “basket of deplorables.” Opinions differ, of course, and everyone’s entitled to their own opinion.

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Endergism

With the various apocalyptic pronouncements I’ve heard related to the upcoming “total solar eclipse” on Monday, April 8th, I decided there were definitely several poems I needed to post for National Poetry Month before the world is expected to be plunged into darkness for the foreseeable future! If April must have both its eclipse and National Poetry Month, then let’s go out with a bang, right?!

Of course, this possible world-ending event means I must take time to address the recent tempest-in-a-teapot kerfuffle  which occurred a week ago. It began with a Presidential proclamation which happened to intersect with the Christian observance of Resurrection Sunday/Easter, commemorating the resurrection from the dead of Jesus Christ, our God come in the flesh. Continue reading “Endergism”

An Audience of Few

As April continues, we come to the 5th day of National Poetry Month, 2024. Two days ago, I posted with the title The Audience of One. That may be my individual case but in the broader world, observers in the know suggest poetry earns only a miniscule audience. Various reasons this is true may include television, the internet, social media, etc. Lots and lots of distractions.

In my quest to gain an appreciation of the art form and answer some of the questions I posed (in my April 3rd post), I studied what other people were saying about poetry, what they were writing (both prose and poetry) and how historic Masters had approached their art. Admittedly, that was something of a slog. No kidding. Samuel Johnson’s (1709-1784) compilation Lives of the Poets features 52 poets, few of whom I knew and fewer I actually appreciated. Going forward, it was a relief to find particular poets I enjoyed, but also a large number I didn’t care for. Vive la difference! Continue reading “An Audience of Few”

Negative Thoughts

During this day, National Poetry Month Day 4. it’s fitting to celebrate the beautiful life of TLS, my deceased sister-in-law, who was born on this day. She died during the #FluFiasco of 2019-20.

Besides my brother (who is two years older than me), I’ve known TLS longer than anyone living today on this planet. We were lifelong friends. I’ve posted about her before (here and here, among other posts). Additionally, I compiled a small book of tributes to honor her memory. Another website (my brother’s) highlights aspects of her life and art.

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The Audience of One

Continuing with National Poetry Month, Day 3, and my stated goal of posting a new poem in this space everyday during April, this is as good a time as any to elaborate on my specific ideas about poetry. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I consider (to my chagrin) many works of poetry are disappointing and on occasion, even distasteful!

Certainly, all of us have different preferences. I’ll be first to admit my eclectic tastes. As I’ve read poetry in recent years, however, my reaction has often created angst … for me. I look at works which have been lauded and singled out for literary honors, yet I end up bewildered. Am I dense? Too clueless to understand? Continue reading “The Audience of One”

Write More, Read More!

Day Two of National Poetry Month … however, before I forge ahead with this post, I’m offering a special dispensation in case you neglected to do your part in wholeheartedly celebrating April Fools’ Day yesterday. I’ve been authorized to prolong the opportunity for chaos (today only) so you may wreak your havoc before midnight … all in the spirit of fair play and good humor, of course! Make it count!

Now, with today’s post, I continue my simplified version of the annual observance of National Poetry Month (NPM). Specific organizations including poets.org (Academy of American Poets) and poetryfoundation.org participate in promoting the month-long celebration of poetry. The Academy is a non-profit, member-sustained group while the Foundation is also a non-profit, funded through endowment. Continue reading “Write More, Read More!”

Hail the Court Jester!

Today is April first. It’s also April Fools’ Day. Additionally, it happens to be the first day of National Poetry Month. Maybe if I looked a bit further, I’d find several other items of notable consideration, but I’m going to stop there.

My first participation in National Poetry Month was in 2014, so ten years ago. It was mildly amusing for me to offer posts with original poems in this space. I also participated in 2015, but after that, I stopped. I didn’t cease writing poetry. I just didn’t find it necessary to use the month of April as an incentive. However, in the last year, I’ve conducted some serious study of poetry and thought this would be an appropriate occasion to share my thoughts.

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It’s Going To Be An Issue

Little more than a week ago, I posted about what was then the upcoming oral arguments presented to the United States Supreme Court dealing with same-sex marriage. That post, titled Children In The Crosshairs, related one of my personal concerns about the impact this decision (due in June) may have on innocent children.charles churchNow that the arguments have been presented and the attorneys have fielded interrogatories from the Supremes, I’m noting another concern being expressed. The ominous death knell for Christian organizations (churches, schools, etc.) appears to have sounded and was summed up by author Joe Carter in his opening paragraph here: “With six words –’It is going to be an issue’ – the U.S. government signaled to orthodox Christian colleges and universities that if they don’t drop their opposition to same-sex marriage they will lose their tax exempt status.”

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Vive La Difference!

The world is a fascinating and diverse place, isn’t it! When I peer out my windows in the morning, I see the gently-fluttering leaves on half a dozen different kinds of trees. (Unfortunately, with nary a leaf between them, two apple trees my Beloved planted a year or two ago appear to have succumbed to the elements.) I’m fond of this season as trees transform almost overnight from bare-naked stick figures into full-bodied lush green finery! Diversity.diversityOutdoors isn’t the only place where diversity is easily recognizable. We have eight splendidly diverse grandchildren … five grandsons, three granddaughters. Each of them exhibits a completely unique personality with divergent interests and proclivities.

Since he was old enough to make basic motor noises, our youngest grandson, near to celebrating his fifth birthday, has expressed an interest in vehicles of all kinds (more diversity). He can identify things about trucks and tractors and farm implements that I’d never have known without his explanations!

Another grandson, soon to celebrate his tenth birthday, is less expressive, but his brain is absorbing everything he sees. His specialty (among other things) is grasping how mechanical objects work. Diversity. Continue reading “Vive La Difference!”