Tuesday, April 12, 2011
POETRY PARTY: WHEN THERE ARE NO WORDS
At least that's how it seems. Until poetry rises to the challenge.
Take this Mary Oliver poem, for instance. When a dear poet/friend's daughter was dying, he took great comfort in these words.
Turns out, poetry does the same thing for the happiest, most joyful times in our lives -- the moments we feel most grateful, most connected to others, most immersed in the experience of being human. This poem by Sharon Olds, for instance.
I haven't found my poem yet for today, but I'd like to share some pictures of something that touched me deeply:
Thank You Notes from Mrs. Ward's 7th grade class (Alabama Christian Academy)!
And here are some close-ups of some of my favorites:
Isn't this version of Ludelphia precious?
A Ludelphia Love Poem (to Mama, of course!) -- SO creative!
And these notes specifically about the poetry presentation:
One of the bits of wisdom Beth Ward came out of her childhood with was "if you love someone, tell them."
Or, put another way: express your appreciation. Which is what she did by sending me all these wonderful notes. I will treasure them always. And I vow to do better at expressing my appreciation. Probably in a poem.
What poems speak to you during the highest and lowest moments?