April is National Poetry Month! Poetry month gives us the perfect opportunity to dive into our creative sides and celebrate the joy of written word. Now, as we face unprecedented challenges, more people are finding comfort in beautiful and inspiring language.
Reading poetry has helped so many people find themselves, in the same way that getting lost in a song or journaling does. It’s something about someone else being able to convey how you feel in a creative way that really sticks to the soul. Reading poetry fosters a connection between people. It gives us new ways of talking about feelings and experiences. It helps us learn about others in a language that can be unfamiliar yet refreshing. When we read other’s poetry it is sometimes personal and it stimulates the mind’s capacity to daydream and create new experiences.
On the same note, April is the perfect time to celebrate poetry. Spring is here, summer is approaching, and the earth is transforming. Nature becomes the perfect muse and brings out so much creativity and inspiration for poets and writers alike.
During National Poetry month, take this time to be more observant, like a poet. Writing poetry is about being thoughtful and curious, two things that are strengthened by mindfulness. It is important to get in the habit of observing the sights, smells, sounds, and tastes around us in order to be in the present moment. This practice will help the creative mind thrive, even if the writing isn’t “perfect.”
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Alli is our office manager and writer who is passionate about connecting people through words. Alli studied English at Arizona State University, just recently moved to St. Pete and is enjoying paradise. Her interests include painting, history, and learning about other people.