Thursday, October 08, 2009

National Poetry Day

Today is National Poetry Day. I looked up to see if their was an official site, and here it is. And you know what bothers me about this website – it is a dot uk site. I mean, which country invented poetry? I mean, the most famous poet of all time is William Shakespeare, and he is American, right. Oh, crap, he may be from another country. Well, I heard about him in my American school's English class. Hmmmmmm.

Well, then the limericks that we have all heard. "There was a man from Nantucket." Certainly the origins of this is American. Nantucket is in Massachusetts, right? Oh, Nantucket is actually named for a city in Ireland? And limericks are Irish as well? Holy crap.

I am beginning to think that it may be unpatriotic to celebrate National Poetry Day in this country.

All kidding aside, one of my favorite poems – I enjoy the images this poem instills.

I Meant To Do My Work Today
by Richard Le Gallienne

I meant to do my work today,
But a brown bird sang in the apple tree,
And a butterfly flitted across the field,
And all the leaves were calling me.

And the wind went sighing over the land,
Tossing the grasses to and fro,
And a rainbow held out its shining hand--
So what could I do but laugh and go?


Xmichra said...

*love* the poem :) it is very sweet and youthful.

unpatriotic to celebrate a litteracy designed event. lol... you crack me up! I had no idea about nantucket though...

Grant said...

My favorite haiku:

Haiku are easy
But sometimes they don't make sense

LarryLilly said...

I like the pic of the little girl and her teddy bear at the top right of your blog.

I think that is you.

But poetry,
please, mixing this with your previous twitter post, dont they have cliffs notes on poetry?

Anonymous said...

So, I hope you did "laugh and go" Leesa. Thanks for that. I'd forgotten it was NPD.

Malach the Merciless said...

Nantuckett is a Island off the coast of Southeastern MA, about a 1/2 boat ride from where I live.

Leesa said...

Xmichra: the poem is also in a song from the 70s.

Grant: My refrigerator always makes sense.

Larry: I can see long poems in the CliffsNotes, but not the short ones.

Ian: It does remind me when I was younger, the poem.

Malach: 1/2 boat ride. Is the other half swimming?

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