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April is National Poetry Writing Month

I didn’t know about this until there was a WordPress.com News blog listed in my email inbox.  The longer I keep blogging and reading, the more I’m learning about all different “months,” holidays, and general goings-on in our nation and in the world.

If I keep learning at least one new thing each day of my life, when I finally die, it will be the passing of one of the smartest people in the world!!!  Ha.

“April is National Poetry Month. Established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, its purpose is to increase the attention paid to the art of poetry, to our poetic heritage, and to poetry books and magazines.” ~  Shel Silverstein

April is National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month

NaPoWriMo.net  started blogging last year, and blogs for only the months of April and May, according to its schedule from last year.  It is a hugely encouraging blog, with great links, and I recommend taking a look if you are a poet or are thinking of starting; it offers great help with writing poetry.

Sheri Lucas Rowlands, in her blog, gives great hints as to how to make your poem more interesting, by placement of spaces, by indenting and outdenting (I never heard of that one, but it is so basic in the form used!), and other ideas.

I expect that more poetry might be used in blogging this month!  Guapo, your limericks and those of your commentors, gave this month of National Poetry Writing a great start!

Learn how to write your own limericks.

Learn how to write your own limericks.

Ode to Presidents Day

Sitting here, waiting for my friend to arrive this afternoon, I thought I would say something about the Presidents Day holiday.  It’s a federal holiday, school children are off, and in many states, it is a day off from work.

I wonder what reminders the teachers gave their students, as to the holiday’s purpose.  When I was in elementary school in Brooklyn, there was no Presidents’ Day:  there was a celebration of 2 presidents’ birthdays.  Feb. 12th was President Lincoln’s birthday and Feb. 22nd was President Washington’s birthday.  Both were given the honor of separate days of birthday celebration.

Children were given assignments and craft ideas to signify the importance of the holiday.  One of the popular sayings that the young students were taught was that Washington said, “I did it, Father.  I cannot tell a lie,” when his father asked, “Who chopped down the cherry tree?”  There were many drawings of axes and trees that were supposed to be cherry trees.  Lincoln freed the slaves and held the states together in one union.  It was all very simplistic, as was life back then.  What a mess we have now.

We commemorate Presidents Day, a federal holiday honoring the 44 men who have served and is serving as commander-in-chief.  It is my great hope that one day, there will be a woman in the White House.