Happy World Poetry Day: Poem Parade

Remember the “old days” when you wanted to enjoy poetry? You’d find it in a book. These days, we often turn to the screen for our pop of poetry. This got me thinking that poetry in modern times is like a parade. Poems of every subject and tone march across the screen for all to see. And we, as readers, writers, and lovers of poetry, can join in the parade whenever we want (no shoes required). Of course, for me, random thoughts like this often turn into a poem. Cotton candy, anyone?


The best parade 
I’ve ever seen
is the poem parade across my screen.

The poems, they shout, 
whisper, sing.
Poems, they march for everything.

For fear and courage, 
unrequited love,
for summer rain and stars above.

For wounded hearts, 
a lover’s spark, 
poems, they flicker in the dark.

Poems of gone 
but not forgotten,
sweet poems spun like soft, pink cotton.

Poems that stomp, 
words that roll,
a parade of poems, scroll by scroll.

No need to march, 
just take a seat,
feel the fireworks, feel the beat.

The best parade 
I’ve ever seen
is the poem parade across my screen.

Come one, come all,
let’s celebrate!
We’ll show up early and stay till late.

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4 thoughts on “Happy World Poetry Day: Poem Parade

  1. I enjoy your selection of words.I had to take British Literature in the university and I thought I would pass out with how technical it can be. I really liked the poetry that was made into shapes. Like a picture made on words. One of my goals is to write a picture book with rhyming words. I think it is impossible for me to do but that’s not going to stop me from trying.

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, poetry can be a bit technical when you are writing in a specific form since there are rules to follow. However, sometimes I like to write simple rhyming couplets or free verse which is no-pressure poetry 🙂 Rhyming picture books are my favorite! They are tons of fun to write (and read!). I wish you luck with your goal! Rhyme has rules but you can do it! Have you checked out The Rhyme Doctors online? It’s a great source of learning the craft. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Danna

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