As many of you are aware, April is designated National Poetry Month.
A time to honor, recognize and celebrate the literary contributions of poets around the world.
National Poetry Month was originally established in 1996, by the Academy of American Poets, and is said to be one of the largest literary celebrations in the world. The mission is to increase exposure and appreciation of poetry, through events, activities, and awareness programs sponsored on local and national levels.
With this as our goal, I'd like to share a few selected works from some contemporary poets that I think you'll enjoy.
BY: G.M. OQLAT
Down glistening trash-strewn alleys, I'm dead on his heels
This thief caught in the act.
Pounding through the gangways-- I'm losing ground Reaching the open street, I'm alone. He has fled in a direction unknown.
I catch my breath near bystanders who gaze with suspicious eyes The cliche' falls from my lips; "Which way did he go?"
The nearest man appraises my badge, uniform, and spats a frothy wad at my feet followed by a smirk and a hard silence broken by the tittering of his peers in whose eyes he's grown.
I'd like to smirk in reply
only I just turn and go sighing because I know it's simply a matter of time
before the very one who got away
returns to pick clean his saviors
oblivious to their aid.
(C) 2016 G.M. OQLAT
ODE TO NORAH JONES
You grace us
With your presence
An unexpected wonder,
Through your guitar
You elevate us
To that lofty place
© 2006 Jennifer Brown Banks