Every time a new grand-baby was born into my family, my poet grandma would sit down and write out a poem for the newborn. She sometimes hadn’t even met us yet, but she was always able to find words for us. Each poem was unique and filled with the dreams and wishes that she had for us. Even to this day, the poem that she wrote for me gives me a sense of belonging and reminds me that she loves me so unconditionally that she thought to write out words for me before she even really knew me.
That right there is an example of the true power that poetry has. I like to say that a poem is a verbal snapshot of a feeling, an emotion, an event, etc., and it has the power to unite people after just a few simple stanzas. Poets like Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Maya Angelou, Shel Silverstein, and so many others were able to funnel feelings into words in a way that is not only beautiful, but also healing when read by someone with an aching heart.
April is National Poetry Month, and our library works really hard to stress the importance of poetry throughout April every year. Last year, we had an open mic poetry read that welcomed anyone and everyone, and it was truly an evening filled with happy, sad, and healing tears! Everyone who attended mentioned how full their hearts felt after seeing neighbors, friends, and total strangers share themselves through the power of spoken word. It was decided shortly after that we would have to do it again, and I am beyond thrilled to announce that that is exactly what we are doing!
Please join us for the second Leon Valley Public Library Open Mic Poetry (and prose) Read. It will be held in the Peggy Bissett Meeting Room on Saturday, April 8th at 10:30 AM. Attendees are encouraged to read their own work, poems or works written by other authors (we will have an assortment of poetry books on hand for those who would prefer this option), and/or to simply listen and enjoy. The read is open to all age groups, but poems will not be censored! I look forward to seeing some of you there!
“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer; it sings because it has a song.”