Monday, April 13, 2015

April is National Poetry Month

Can you believe I almost forgot that April is National Poetry Month?  Inaugurated in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry Month is a celebration of poetry's vital place in our culture.

You can celebrate National Poetry Month by reading some of your favorite poetry or writing a poem of your own.  I wanted to write a poem so I went outside with my computer and waited for inspiration to hit.

After the inspiration came, this is the poem I came up with:

In the Spring, there comes along
a little bird of many song
He can call and trill and even cry
to friends below or in the sky
Each note he sings with vibrant flair
is carried swiftly by the air
like an arrow straight to your heart
his music is his instinctive art
Day and night he will intone
I wonder which song he calls his own?

Here is a short recording of the male Mockingbird who keeps visiting our back yard each day, singing his heart out.  He is on top of the Bougainvillea on the other side of the fence.

What kind of birds visit your yard each day?  
Happy National Poetry Month!  


  1. that was a wonderful poem. Our Mom use to write a lot of poetry when she was younger but hasn't done any in years and years

  2. what a cute poem, I will read it later to the mockingbirds in my back yard... I saw 87 there... or more. I bet they like it and they will use your lyrics to perform a fabulous song :o)
    easy rider

  3. Lovely poem Oz, will you do some more for us this month?
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  4. Fantastic poem, Oz.
    We tend to get birds that squawk or laugh loudly. No sweet notes here!

  5. Wonderful Oz and we have been enjoying the birds singing this weekend. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  6. Aw wow! I love it!!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  7. That is a perfect poem for a Mocking bird! We have only had them occasionally in our yard.

  8. that was a lovely poem oz.....we have doves, and starlings, and a little woodpecker, we have bird feed hanging up but for some reason we have lost a lot of the birds that dad has fed in the past...we hope they come back soon.
    stella rose

  9. Cactus wrens, doves, quail, an occasional cardinal plus owls, hawks and even vultures.

  10. Very nice! We like poetry and didn't even know it was Bational a Poetry month
    Lily & Edward

  11. Sparrows,Black Birds and Robins,thats who visit us,xx Speedy

  12. We have no clue what most of them are. We have the feeder in the window for kitty entertainment, but Mom isn't big into birds. Heard lots of woodpeckers lately, though.

  13. We just ADORE mocking birds here on this hill... They do each song SEVEN times then move to ANOTHER... we are FACINATED by that... Always SEVEN... you can count them... and be amazed at the NEXT 7 chirps being SO different.
    We also loved your Poem....

  14. What a beautiful poem you wrote and he sounds so pretty. I have robins, killdeer, sand hill cranes, crows, wood ducks, mallards come to my farm.

  15. We got mockingbirds, blue jays, cardinals, sparrows. And owls and hawks in da nayborhood too.

  16. Love your poem OZ! we get robins, killdeer, doves, blackbirds, and magpies. sometimes we get owls and hawks fly overhead but don't land in our yard
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  17. Wow, what a fabulous poem! Nothing inspires quite like outdoor nature time. BOL Hmmmm we get lots of finches and grossbeaks and downies. Whopper big doves too...for some reason my territory grows ginormous doves. Oh, and turkey birdies too! Can't forget the wild turkeys.
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, Police Commish

  18. I loved the poem! And thanks for that video, too. We don't have mockingbirds here, but we're absolutely swarmed with hummingbirds right now. They don't sing as much as buzz, but we love them just the same.

  19. Great Poem Oz...and you had such a great inspiring place to work.....we might do a poem....but it will not be to no stinkin bird, cause all we get here is nasty blackbirds!

    The Mad Scots

  20. Love the poem! Our song birds are finally back and singing. :)

  21. What a lovely poem! We get mockingbirds here too - I think they're so interesting with all their different calls. My sis has one by her house and she swears some of his "mocking" calls are cellphone rings, car alarms and sprinklers!

    As for other birds, we get some sort of little sparrow (not sure exactly what it is), hummingbirds, hawks, crows (Rita HATES them!), the occasional seagull, and every once in a great while in the spring we'll get a lovely oriole.

  22. I like your sweet poem.

    Aroo to you,

  23. I have a lot of lovely birds. Right now I am enjoying a lovely pair of doves they coo back and forth to each other.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  24. OMD, that poem was just, wel...POETIC!!!! ☺ You are one literary dude Oz, and a big lover of the natures. I loves that about you! I gots LOTS of burdies nestin' all over my yardie right now!! It's like a fricken nursery! It's okay, they are pretty cool!
    Ruby ♥

  25. Aww, what a lovely poem! I like to think I wouldn't nom the mockingbird, but I would probably try.

  26. Duss not rush, yore poem, for da burd in da bush....dat is my poem Oz my pal...


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