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Thursday, April 2, 2009

What's in a Word?

Now that we’ve all survived April Fool’s Day and the Conflicker Worm, we can take a collective breath and concentrate on all that truly drives the Internet: words; pictures and music.

In the spirit of this month, we celebrate poetry in all of its manifestations.

National Poetry Month 2009 is a great time to rejoice in the glory of words that enrich us all. Take time to visit your local library or go on-line to search out poets who speak to you like a twin.

I leave you with a beautiful poem by Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad, a 13th century Persian poet who left an indelible mark on mankind with his elegant and gentle ruminations, which (IMHO) often reflected the wisest and most spiritual parts of humankind.


TallTchr said...

I didn't know it was National Poetry Month. I've got to figure out a way to celebrate.

Grandslam said...

I think that maybe this is so reflective because it in a way represents the universal life experiences we've all had, but sometimes forget realize that we had.

Paula Slade said...

TallTchr -I just found a great site for this month's celebration! Go to: and click on your state. This will take you to all sorts of activities! :)

Grandslam - I couldn't agree more! The individual importance of words and the opportunity for their reflection in poetry really shines through.

Jo said...

That is one of the loveliest poems I have ever read. And the thoughts and ideas he expresses seem quite advanced for 13th century thinking.

I work with doctors from Iran, and they tell me about their culture, and I sometimes wonder if people know what an ancient and beautiful culture it is.

Paula Slade said...

I totally agree with you Jo!