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National Poetry Day UK

National Poetry Day UK - 7th OctoberNational Poetry Day

When I was a boy I did not rate poetry highly.  Actually it was only when I became interested in computing that I realized that poets share with programmers a desire to get the maximum effect with the minimum of words.  Also computer programmers and poets share the feeling of having thoughts in their heads that they want to put down on paper.

Writing Poetry

Great poets have a feeling for 'now'.  They are able to put into words the feelings of an event, whether it's a battle, a love affair or a mundane walk in the park.  While great poems come to be revered, they were mostly written as throw away lines.  It's just that some poems remain resonant years after they were first penned.

My point: great poems may be written now, it's just that we not recognise greatness because have not heard them often enough, or allowed sufficient time for their ideas to sink in.

Themes From Previous Years' National Poetry DayWorld Poetry Day

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2013: Water, water everywhere
2012: Stars
2011: Games
2010: Home
2009: Heroes and Heroines
2008: Work
2007: Dreams
2006: Identity
2005: The Future
2004: Food
2003: Britain
2002: Celebration
2001: Journeys
2000: Fresh Voices
1999: Song Lyrics

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A Poem Seen on London's Underground by W.B. Yeats

He wishes for his Cloths of Heaven

Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

W. B. Yeats (1865 - 1939)

A Modern Poem

What Is A Grandma?

Someone to sigh with
Someone to cry with,
To be through smiles and woes
Someone to talk with
Someone to walk with
Wherever a path in life goes,
A Grandma is a Treasure,
An all around pleasure,
To share with, to care with, and love
Wrapped with affection,
And made to perfection,
A Grandma is a gift from above

International National Poetry Day

Since 1996 the USA dedicates the whole of the month of April to poetry.  Meanwhile in New Zealand they have their own National Poetry Day in July.

World Poetry Day - 21st March

To help you cope with a bereavement

In recent years both Will and Guy's family have been faced with losing loved ones. Naturally, we are aware that bereavement is as common an occurrence as births.

Close family members have shared with us their feeling that poems such as the two produced here are helpful in coping with loss.

We share them with you on World Poetry Day.

Title Unknown World Poetry Day

You can shed tears that she is gone
Or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all that she's left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her
Or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live for yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her and only that she's gone
Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what she'd want.
Smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

Written by: Charles Henry Brent

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Walk Within You

If I be the first of us to die,
Let grief not blacken long your sky.
Be bold yet modest in your grieving.
There is change but not a leaving.
For just as death is part of life,
The dead live on forever in the living.
For all the gathered riches of our journey,
The moments shared, the mysteries explored,
The steady layer of intimacy stored,
The things that made us laugh or weep or sing,
The joy of sunlit snow or first unfurling of the spring,
The wordless language of look and touch,
The knowing,
Each giving and each taking,
These are not flowers that fade,
Nor trees that fall or crumble,
Nor are they stone
For even stone cannot the wind and rain withstand
And mighty mountain peaks in time reduce to sand.
What we were, we are.
What we had, we have.
A conjoined past imperishably present.
So when you walk the woods where once we walked together
And scan in vain the dappled bank beside you for my shadow,
Or pause where we always did upon the hill to gaze across the land,
And spotting something, reach by habit for my hand,
And finding none, feel sorrow start to steal upon you,
Be still.
Close your eyes.
Breathe.
Listen for my footfall in your heart.
I am not gone but merely walk within you.

From 'The Smoke Jumper' by Nicholas Evans

More Upcoming Interesting Dates:

October Special Events

See other interesting events that happened in October back down the years.

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Special Days

A calendar of 'special day todays' gives the year signposts.  Incidentally every month has at least one Saint's day indicating the importance that our ancestors put on the seasons and having an excuse for a feast day.  Knowledge of what's particular about today date can be a great ice-breaker for meeting both new and old friends.

Will and Guy are also keen to make these festival day as international as possible, hence we have included Jewish and Muslim holy dates in amongst Christian festivals.

See special day today for other months.

Special Day - Amusing Sayings to Use Today

  • To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.  Reba McEntire
  • If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?  Anonymous
  • Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never cease to be amused.
  • The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that carries any reward. John Maynard Keynes
  • Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you don't have a leg to stand on.
  • See more amusing sayings.

 

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