For this Poetry Friday I have a poem that was written by one of my favorite adult poets, Wislawa Szymborska. Szymborska was the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1996. The poem I selected to share is entitled The Joy of Writing. I felt it was a most appropriate poem choice for me at this time because I have committed myself to posting an original poem at Wild Rose Reader every day during National Poetry Month.
THE JOY OF WRITING
by Wislawa Szymborska
Why does this written doe bound through these written woods?
For a drink of written water from a spring
whose surface will xerox her soft muzzle?
Why does she lift her head; does she hear something?
Perched on four slim legs borrowed from the truth,
she pricks up her ears beneath my fingertips.
Silence - this word also rustles across the page
and parts the boughs
that have sprouted from the word "woods."
Lying in wait, set to pounce on the blank page,
are letters up to no good,
clutches of clauses so subordinate
they'll never let her get away.
Click here to read the rest of the poem.
Biography of Wislawa Szymborska
Szymborska’s Nobel Lecture: The Poet and the World. (If you like poetry, you will definitely want to read this lecture.)
Check out the following blogs during the month of April
GottaBook: Gregory K. is posting an original poem every day of April.
Poetry for Children: Sylvia Vardell has a bunch of super poetry posts for National Poetry Month.
Here are links to some of the original poems I have for you at Wild Rose Reader
- A Poem a Day #7: A Fairy Tale Poem
- A Poem a Day #8: A Limerick
- A Poem a Day #9: A Cinquain
- A Poem a Day #10: A Nursery Rhyme Parody
- A Poem a Day #11: An Acrostic Poem
- A Poem a Day #12: A Poem of Address
- A Poem a Day #13: Haiku
- Here’s the link to all the original poems I have posted at Wild Rose Reader.
My Space: If you’d like to take a peek at the library/office where I keep all my children’s books and write my blogs and poems, check out my post Where I Work.