Today is World Poetry Day, a time to celebrate and recognize the deep and profound influence poetry has on the human spirit. Poetry captures the heart with words that give light to our innermost thoughts and longings. It is a measure of who we are as individuals as well as a society. And best of all, we are all, in one way or another, poets. As Plato once wrote: “Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.”
Poetry comes from an oral tradition which brings together other creative endeavours such as music and dance. For me, listening to poetry is the ultimate experience. Perhaps this preference comes from the encouragement of my mother who introduced me to poetry when I was a young child. My first recitation was “The Swing” by Robert Louis Stevenson. To this day, I remember every word, every nuance, every lilt.
Happy Poetry Day 2016. May the celebration continue all year long.