I discovered a new (new, to me) poet: David Ignatow. His name is hyperlinked to a poem titled The Bagel. I think you’ll love the poem, too, and want to read more of his work.
When the day surprises you with a gift- maybe a new author to read, maybe a free bagel- I find it best to celebrate with a poem. Without further ado, my NaPoWriMo poem for today:
When someone asks me
how to make the world a better place,
I tell them: read a poem.
Every day read a poem.
Read an everyday poem,
Not one of those overstuffed verses,
(now I’m not naming names-
Byron, Shelly or Keats, to name a few.
And Yeats- I’m guess I’m looking at you.
Unless you like that sort of thing,
and either Browning makes you sing
then- read on!
Or read a poem that takes your hand,
kicks your butt, incites you, or
invites you to drink lemonade or
float ducks in your bath or
fly kites at night.
And at night read one aloud to someone you love,
and have them read one to you.
It’s only fair. Only right.
After all that, you may find,
if so inclined, to reap what you’ve sown
and write a poem that breaks someone’s heart.
Maybe your own.