National Poetry Month / poetry

Revisiting poetry: One way to celebrate National Poetry Month

A favorite website of mine, www.poets.org, has a list of 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month.  Because I am way behind on any writing this month due to work travel, I have been reading a lot more poetry and this morning, I decided to revisit a poem I encountered a while back in a college poetry class.  I never appreciated this course as much as I now know I should have, but I did keep the books from the coursework.  I was planning on browsing through the book and reading a few poems, but once I pulled the book from the self, it seemed to want to open itself to George Gordon/Lord Byron’s “When We Two Parted.”  Sometimes the world has a mysterious way of talking to you and you can’t help but know you should listen even if you don’t quite understand it.  This poem greeted me with an astonishing silence and ended in tears.

If I should meet thee
     After long years,
How should I greet thee? –
     With silence and tears.

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