The Spark

The spark that moves the heart
That makes the art of love and
Breath a wonder how to understand
A hand up to light shows veins and
Bones that hold the frame
You name the thing as though
You own it, shown the meaning
Maybe gleaning bits of essence
In the presence of the spark
The part, the bit, the thing
We cannot name
The same in all
The breath
The life

Happy National Poetry Month!  Since 1996 April has been celebrated as National Poetry Month in this country. You can read more about the origins and details on Wikipedia

Around the country, poets will take the challenge to write a poem every day this month and I am going to attempt to participate. What way to be more intentional about writing.

If you are not a poet, you can still participate. READ a poem every day this month. Pick out someone you haven’t read before. Visit the websites below and discover someone!  Read Naomi Shibab Nye, Margaret Atwood, Billy Collins, Mary Oliver, Philip Levine, Sharon Olds just to name a few of my favorites…
Poetry Foundation

Visit, and read what thousands of people are writing this very minute.

Introduction to Poetry   by Billy Collins

I ask them to take a poem
and hold it up to the light
like a color slide

or press an ear against its hive.

I say drop a mouse into a poem
and watch him probe his way out,

or walk inside the poem’s room
and feel the walls for a light switch.

I want them to waterski
across the surface of a poem
waving at the author’s name on the shore.

But all they want to do
is tie the poem to a chair with rope
and torture a confession out of it.

They begin beating it with a hose
to find out what it really means.

7 thoughts on “The Spark

  1. Old Egg

    Poetry is a gateway to another person’s mind. Not always easy to enter but once you have the key it is wonderful to see the world as they do…to see the spark in their mind and the warmth of their feelings.

    1. Dee Post author

      My new favorite quote is by Margaret Atwood ”Everyone thinks writers must know more about the inside of the human head, but that is wrong. They know less, that’s why they write. Trying to find out what everyone else takes for granted.” very true 🙂

  2. Nara Malone

    Your poems make beautiful sparks in my imagination. I didn’t know it was National Poetry month. Wish I could squeeze in a poem a day. Maybe one a week 🙂

    1. Dee Post author

      the month has just begun – we shall see lol. As always, thank you for your visit and wonderful comment!

  3. Archna

    I like the bits of essence. It makes me feel like we don’t have to understand it, just feel it. Lovely, as always. 🙂

    ps~I’m celebrating the month with an interesting challenge that forces you to blog/write everyday for the month(Blogging from A to Z Challenge). It’s fun!

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