Besides the start of spring, I love April because it’s the start of National Poetry Month! All month we’ll be posting some of our favorite poems and poetry related awesome.
First up is a poem called “How I Discovered Poetry” by Marilyn Nelson. It is part of a book called Poetry Speaks: Who I Am. The cool thing about this book is it comes with a CD so you can hear the poem spoken aloud, they way it was meant to be experienced.
It was like soul-kissing, the way the words
filled my mouth as Mrs. Purdy read from her desk.
All the other kids zoned an hour ahead to 3:15,
but Mrs. Purdy and I wandered lonely as clouds borne
by a breeze off Mount Parnassus. She must have seen
the darkest eyes in the room brim: The next day
she gave me a poem she’s chosen especially for me
to read to the all except for me white class.
She smiled when she told me to read it, smiled harder,
said oh yes I could. She smiled harder and harder
until I stood and opened my mouth to banjo playing
darkies, pickaninnie, disses and dats. When I finished
my classmates stared at the floor. We walked silent
to the buses, awed by the power of words.