I am going to interrupt my regularly scheduled blog post on this 8th day of the Write 31 Days challenge, because today is National Poetry Day in the U.K. and Ireland.
It is always a good day to celebrate poetry. Poetry helps not only with fatigue, but really–with everything. If you know me at all, you know that I am all about poetry.
I write it, I read it, I study it, I teach it, I live it, I love it.
Poetry has sustained me throughout my life, including the darkest times, which include my recovery from acquired traumatic brain injury.
I encourage you to read and even share some poetry today…
You can find posts online under the hashtag #NationalPoetryDay
Here are some poems to get you started, the favorite poems of a collection of readers and writers.
It is difficult to choose a favorite poem; much easier to choose favorite poems, but I suppose it could be said that what follows is my favorite poem of all time. But only if I have to pick a favorite.
This poem, Final Soliloquy Of The Interior Paramour, happens to be by an American poet, Wallace Stevens. It contains a line that I chose to be the name of this website, www.firstlightofevening.com
I hope you will enjoy this poem. Let me know what you think…
Light the first light of evening, as in a room
In which we rest and, for small reason, think
The world imagined is the ultimate good.
This is, therefore, the intensest rendezvous.
It is in that thought that we collect ourselves,
Out of all the indifferences, into one thing:
Within a single thing, a single shawl
Wrapped tightly round us, since we are poor, a warmth,
A light, a power, the miraculous influence.
Here, now, we forget each other and ourselves.
We feel the obscurity of an order, a whole,
A knowledge, that which arranged the rendezvous.
Within its vital boundary, in the mind.
We say God and the imagination are one…
How high that highest candle lights the dark.
Out of this same light, out of the central mind,
We make a dwelling in the evening air,
In which being there together is enough.
— Wallace Stevens
This is Day 8 in the 31 Day Writing Challenge, 31 Days of Breaking Free from Fatigue
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