April is also…

Say it Rah-shay By Apr 05, 2009 No Comments

…National Poetry Month!

Growing up poetry was such a bore! I remember nothing about iambic pentameters or sonnets. I do remember my mind drifting away during English and me begging that the torture be done for the day. Haiku was always good. I used to love the simplicity of the Haiku, 5,7,5…17 syllables to make an impact.

Today is the day
That I made the decision
To visit the track*

As a young adult I was made aware of “Spoken Word.” Spoken word is poetry but done in such a melodic and rhythmic way that I forgot that I was listening to a poem.

Now as a library type I am inundated with “April is National Poetry Month” type of promotional materials as well as requests from various students looking for poems. Poetry is still not my thing; I don’t always get it and I really don’t understand some of it but I can take me out of it for a while and give it another go.

For the rest of the month, I will share a few poems that I have run across that I enjoy.

I enjoy this poem for two reasons

  1. I have a messy room. Yes, Rachée is a slob of all slobs. It is my (not so) secret shame and pain and the ire of my life. Actually my whole life is a mess but, cha know…
  2. My library is having a “Shellibration” this week…Storytime will consist of Shel Silverstein and the reading of your favorite poems (Wednesday at 6:30PM or Thursday at 10:30AM)

Messy Room by Shel Silverstein

Whosever room this is should be ashamed!
His underwear is hanging on the lamp.
His raincoat is there in the overstuffed chair,
And the chair is becoming quite mucky and damp.
His workbook is wedged in the window,
His sweater’s been thrown on the floor.
His scarf and one ski are beneath the TV,
And his pants have been carelessly hung on the door.
His books are all jammed in the closet,
His vest has been left in the hall.
A lizard named Ed is asleep in his bed,
And his smelly old sock has been stuck to the wall.
Whosever room this is should be ashamed!
Donald or Robert or Willie or–
Huh? You say it’s mine?
Oh, dear,I knew it looked familiar!

Rhyming away,

Addendum: One of my favorite podcasts, Books on the Nighstand, did a show on Poetry Month! Check out Ann and Michael’s blog: Books on the Nighstand

*I realize this is not about nature but, meh.


I am mom, daughter, sister, yarn lover, word lover, crazy cat lady and library chick. Find me with book or with hook and a hot cuppa.

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