Quiet Moment

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Q is for Quiet Moment which is my humble attempt to celebrate National Poetry Month with an original poem. I should mention that I’ve only a recent love of poetry and have never really studied the craft or written much that would really qualify as poetry. So be gentle with me should you be kind enough to read and leave a comment.

Quiet Moment

By CJ Schwartz

Amid the swirling chaos
she could feel a little lost
Filling her every fleeting moment
Often came with quite a cost.

But there was always much left to do
And so much left to see
She refused to allow herself
time to just sit and rest quietly.

Deep in her soul, though, she knew
She could no longer steadfastly deny
the simple necessity of healing peace
So she resolved she would try.

When the weight of the everyday
began to crush and crumble
her spirit to pieces again, she stopped
this time before she’d stumble.

Escaping the confines of the artificial
She walked out into the light
Late afternoon sun bathed her skin
And whispered softly, it’s all right.

A gentle breeze touched her face
And lifted a strand of her hair
She closed her eyes and savored
a quiet moment, alone in the fresh air.

National Poetry Month

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N is for National Poetry Month. As you may already know (for instance if you read my L post 🙂 ), April is National Poetry Month. Have you been celebrating?

Given my new love for poetry, which I talked about in my D is for Desiderata post , I am suddenly all about finding new poems. This makes this month quite a lot of fun for me because many libraries, bookstores, publishers and others are sharing poetry to celebrate this month.

Celebrate with a free Poetry magazine through Poetry Foundation.

Or Doubleday Knopf has a newsletter you can sign up for with poetry delivered to you and also a contest!

Here are a few sites which have a poem a day posted for the month to celebrate.

Boston Review

The Rumpus

Or if you are poetically inclined – write a poem a day! Writer’s Digest has a challenge including a daily writing prompt. I might actually give it a go by the end of the month. Stay tuned during the month and maybe I will post up an attempt. 😉

There are a lot more ways to celebrate – check out Poets.org which has a really fun list of 30 things you can do to celebrate.

My favorite is the Poem in Your Pocket Day. I am thinking how to put this into practice. I will post up what I end up doing that day!

I hope everyone has great time enjoying this month!

Below is an excerpt from one of my favorite new discoveries from the iF Poems app by the same makers of The Love Book app. Just a note here that with either of these apps, you always have a poem in your pocket (or purse or backpack) on your iPhone or iPad. Love it!

From As I Walked Out One Evening by W.H. Auden

It was late, late in the evening,
The lovers they were gone;
The clocks had ceased their chiming
And the deep river ran on.

Go read the whole poem – or better yet, have Tom Hiddleston read it you on the iF poem app. 🙂 That is a great way to celebrate National Poetry Month!

What a fantastic line –
‘And the deep river ran on.’

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