Happy World Poetry Day!

Happy World Poetry Day y’all!

As a writer, I love to read poetry – but I don’t only love to read it, I also love to write it. With it being world poetry day, I thought I would share with y’all some of my favorite poems.

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –Image result for Beautiful Birds

That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.
Emily Dickinson

I’ve always loved this poem; it’s funny how the things you really love, memorize easily. Hope is such an important component in life. With hope, people can get through some of the most difficult times. Hope is incredibly powerful. As Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.”

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done
      But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
      Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
      On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
      That couldn’t be done, and he did it!
Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
      At least no one ever has done it;”
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
      Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
      That couldn’t be done, and he did it.
There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
      There are thousands to prophesy failure,
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
      The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
      Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing
      That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.
Edgar Albert Guest
In my first year at The Potter’s School (TPS for short), I took English 1. This was one of the poems we had to memorize. In my opinion, it’s one of the more upbeat, happy poems, but between that is an important message: not to give up. There are so many times in life, that we can feel like giving up – it’s too hard, too stressful; we’re not good enough, we lack the skills, etc…Yet, even against all of the obstacles, we must not give up.
Hebrews 12:1 says, “let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,” and 1 Corinthians 9:24 states, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.” Persevere.
Image result for the cross“Which of ye will be mortal to redeem Man’s mortal crime,
and just th’ unjust to save,
Dwells in all Heaven charity so dear?”
He asked, but all the heav’nly choir stood mute,
And silence was in Heav’n; on man’s behalf
Patron or intercessor none appeared,
Much less that durst upon his own head draw
The deadly forfeiture, and ransom set.
And now without redemption all mankind
Must have been lost, adjudged to death and Hell
By doom severe, had not the Son of God,
In whom the fullness dwells of love divine,
His dearest mediation thus renewed.
Paradise Lost ~ John Milton
Last year, I took British Lit and Comp. We had to read several different sonnets, poems, and stories, but one that stuck with me was this section of Paradise Lost. It paints such a beautiful picture to help us understand even more so, the value of Jesus’ sacrifice.
Philippians 2:5-8 says, “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
Those are some of my favorite poems! What poetry do y’all enjoy reading? Let me know in the comments below!
~ Southern Dreamer


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