Celebrating Poetry

This is my friend Robin Wiesneth and I last year on a poetry slam trip that ended up at a Krispy Kreme.

This is my friend Robin Wiesneth and I last year on a poetry slam trip that ended up at a Krispy Kreme.

This is the first Celebrate Friday this month, which just happens to be National Poetry Month, so it’s only natural to celebrate poetry!

I went to Poetry Slam the first day of the month and joined an online group that is challenged to write a prompt based poem a day all month AND I have a smoking hot and sexy new Macbook that I bought lightly used from a friend—after she souped it up with more bells and whistles then a bicycle factory.

There’s a lot of ways to celebrate this month including a chance to hear Richard Blanco read in person, something I’ve looked forward to since I saw it announced last fall. So, it’s poetry, poetry and even more poetry…  this one had Hans Christian Anderson’s birthday as a prompt.

Mind Over Flatter
I was once the Ugly Duckling
hoping to be the swan

but awkward and ugly I stayed
forever backwards and wrong—
until I learned that the swan was in prison
trapped in expectations her fans made quite clear
and it was poor awkward me with nothing to lose
that could step forward in life with no fear.
Now the poor swan has faded away—
to be adored and revered was her plan
and having naught but a brief, fickle beauty
her life was finished before it began.
But the freedom of mind over flatter
is what lets the awkward fowl fly—
unencumbered by what other birds think
when touching the indigo edges of sky.

What are you celebrating?

Celebrate blog hopToday’s post is part of the Celebrate the Small Things Blog Hop hosted by Lexa Cain, L.G. Keltner at Writing Off The Edge and Katie at TheCyborgMom.

Celebrate the Small Things: To be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is put your name on the linky list and then post every Friday about something you’re grateful  for that week.  It can be about writing or family or school or general life. (Originated by VikLit)

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit SpaceandTimeMagazine.com or AngelaYSmith.com.
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4 Responses to Celebrating Poetry

  1. Jocelyn G. Donahoo says:

    Love your poem!

  2. Lexa Cain says:

    Your poem is excellent! Yay for ugly ducklings everywhere! Congrats on going to the poetry slam and good luck doing the online prompt activity.

    (I had a wee bit of trouble finding this post. For some reason the link on your blogger profile brought me to a page with lots of LinkedIn ads. Luckily, I scrolled past those and found this great post!)

  3. Eva Solar says:

    Great poem! Nice that you were able to attend a poetry slam. I have a friend who just attended the Women of the World Poetry Slam in New Mexico. She also used to be the Jersey City Slam Master. Once the A-Z is over, I’m going to try my hand at poetry myself. I always say I’m going to, but things always come up. Enjoy poetry month! Hugs. Eva

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