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.
“Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I but when the trees bow down their heads, the wind is passing by.”
The Eagle and Child
“We were talking of DRAGONS, Tolkien and I In a Berkshire bar. The big workman Who had sat silent and sucked his pipe All the evening, from his empty mug With gleaming eye glanced towards us: “I seen ’em myself!” he said fiercely.”
Today, I am celebrating C.S. Lewis’s birthday by drinking tea and reading a book.
Clive Stapes Lewis was known for many things, from poet to lecturer, literary critic to novelist, but I always remember him as the person who defined friendship. He was the one who wrote, “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”
The Bird and Baby
The rapport the existed between C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien illustrates the power of friendship. They inspired each other and in so doing they inspired millions of grateful readers.
“he was for long my only audience… Only from him did I ever get the idea that my ‘stuff’ could be more than a private hobby. But for his interest and unceasing eagerness for more I should never have brought The L. of the R. to a conclusion.”
It must be Tuesday!
Happy Birthday, C.S. Lewis!