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The Power of Poetry: World Poetry Day

Did you know today is World Poetry Day? As a poet, I wanted to share something about poetry today.
The top story on The Conversation today is about how teachers are using poetry more often, and a field of youth poetry is rising up – allowing kids to use an alchemy of language and form to find their identity, express their beliefs, and to let their voices be heard. Empowering kids to find their voices, using art in words, is lovely to me.

In celebration of Spring, a poem by a Bohemian-Austrian poet, Rainer Maria Rilke:

My eyes already touch the sunny hill.
Going far ahead of the road I have begun.
So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
It has inner light, even from a distance-

And charges us, even if we do not reach it,
Into something else, which, hardly sending it, we already are;

a gesture waves us on answering our own wave…but what we feel is the wind in our faces.


To me, this poem speaks of a yearning to go on, and a mysterious force that propels us from the inside to achieve. It sends us forward, although the direction ahead is uncertain. We are left experiencing movement, and also perhaps resistance in our path. But, the resistance is also a sign that we are moving forward.


What do you think of this poem? 

Are you a poet, or write either song or verse? Do you have a favorite poem or poet? Do share below in the comments! 


If you would like to read some of the poetry I have written in the past, feel free:

Yard Sale {poem}

hello, spring!

Cheers to you, Tulips.

it’s the day before summer – a poem

Mixed Media – Photopoetry in a New Light

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