Today in the A to Z Challenge is I. Guess you are wondering what Nikki Giovanni has to do with the letter I. She is a poet so she fits into my overall theme but that still doesn’t explain why she is the poet I choose to represent the letter I.
Squalor and Hunger are not twin evils
Poverty and filth do not cohabitate
Your domicile is not always your home
The government controls your life
But does not care for your body
Hunger breeds resistance
Hunger makes a pacifist murder
Anyway you write it
rief or to the point
Children will recite it
Down to a certain point
Everyone can do it
From here to Friar’s Point
Grab a pen, go try it.
Have you got a point?
An ABC poem is a poem that uses a letter of the alphabet as the start of a line. It can be in alphabetical order like the one I wrote above or any letters in sequence. You can use all the letters of the alphabet or a few.
Floetry was the marriage of poetry and music. Floetry united the lyricism of song with the lyricism of spoken word to create something amazing and inspirational. Floetry introduced spoken word poetry to a wider audience.
I just had to share this poem today. I couldn’t resist.
Her beautiful eyes
Are like opaque blue pearls.
Her fair hair hangs loose,
In light, delicate curls.
She is tall and slender,
And moves with elegance and grace.
There are lines of wisdom,
Blessing her once youthful face.
The mist rises up from the river
Clinging to the mountains like a quilt
Velvety greens and blacks
held together by threads of white
The valley is waking
Soon the day will begin
The mist will evaporate into the rays of the sun
The streets will fill with cars and commotion
But for now there is a grace
a serene stillness
In the quiet of the early morning
As the mist rises and the birds wake to greet the day.
There is a night that calls my name.
Deep in the woods
The fog creeps through the trees.
I hear the call of the ancient souls
The wolf howl and the laughing crone.
The foxfire trips over fae wings
And whispers tales of old,
The Sidhe and Tuatha De Danaan
Dining on their plates of gold.
‘Tis ancient as my soul I hear
‘Tis nothing wrong, no woe
‘Tis just my ancient Celtic soul
Calling from long ago.
Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell was the first book ever printed of the Bronte sisters. Due to the prejudice to female writers at the time, they adopted male pen names. The names corresponded to the first letters of their names: Charlotte was Currer Bell, Anne Acton Bell, and Emily Ellis Bell. The first printing only sold two copies.
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