Today is World Poetry Day.
Apparently, World Poetry Day is a time to appreciate and support poets and poetry around the world. It is held on March 21 each year and is an initiative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Government agencies, educators, community groups and individuals get involved in promoting or participating in the day. World Poetry Day is an opportunity for children to be introduced to poetry in classrooms. It is a time when classrooms are busy with lessons related to poetry, in which students examine poets and learn about different types of poetry. Poets may be invited to read and share their work to audiences at book stores, cafes, universities and schools. Awards and other forms or recognition are made to honor poets and their work. Exhibitions and poetry evenings are also be held to showcase the work of various poets on or around March 21 to coincide with World Poetry Day.
Well thats the idea anyway.
Poetry is an odd thing to celebrate if you think about it. Why make such an effort to introduce children to this art? What exactly are you celebrating? Pretty words? Feelings? Arcane ways of expression? Rhymes and structure?
I think its all these and more. There is something to be said for being able to weave words intricately. There is an intangible quality about poems, almost spirit-like. Someone once said to me “If words were human, prose would be a man and poetry would be a woman”. I’m still not entirely sure what he meant by that seeing as how he had just consumed several shots of Tequila.
Anyway. I am no poet. I appreciate poetry and I occasionally dabble but lord knows I cant write real poetry to save my life.