Poetic Touch: A Little Mind Speak

Gazing up the skies at night

The shining stars speak to my heart

I marvel with joy within myself

I could stare all night but not

Just few moments and take a nap


Yes, today is, World Poetry day, just remembering my old school days when I used to recite poems, I just loved every bit as it made me get out of school just a day or two out of learning.


Reciting poems from the greatest  poets like Robert Frost, “The the Road Not Taken”, just a little recite  into it was like:


Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;


These made us win awards and make recognition to the school.Poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures.This day is used to encourage people to read, write, teach, and publish poetry and to recognize the great cultural contribution poetry makes to human society.


Children are the most who are associated with poems, they practice and memorize to perform at different events.


Speaking to Karen Mwikhoma from Kenya a Grade four pupil  at Jawabu School who has been reciting poems since she was six years, shared her journey, that she has done six poems and many more.Through participating in various recitations she has won two awards for her class, awarded three certificates since grade one class.


Poetry to take you places, Karen has represented the school at different levels,this year she will be doing a solo poem and also one with her class.In closure she urged other children in her message to them “ If you want to recite a poem you can practice and if not sure still practice and do any career you want.”


Schools  have special poetry writing sessions or even contests, poets may be invited to recite their works in music festivals, perform for prominent people and at event, and exhibits may put famous or new, local written poetic creations on display.


To give more insight to the world of poetry and its various contribution, Constance Ndeleko, a Journalist gave a breakdown on how useful poetry is in promoting culture, reading, teach language etc


Poetry  can be used to promote culture in such a way that writing, speaking about the rich diversities wherever in the world from different traditions and customs which could easily be passed from one generation to the other.


In reading as explained by Constance,poetry is a form of expression where people can learn how to read while creating moods and tones that describe what the poet wanted to pass or show across.Poetry increases or teases the reader’s mind and allows them to broaden their knowledge and understanding of different perspectives in the society.”


She further mentioned that poetry juggles the reader’s mind to find out more and get the vivid description in the words, it still creates a yearning for more understanding and zeal to be knowledgeable, building a habit of inquisitiveness.


In a people’s culture it may preserve and teach the incoming generations of the history,In a quick rejoinder to this Constance observed that poetry teaches language, tradition and customs of different communities, teaches morals, behavior and etiquette, teaches wisdom and knowledge.It creates awareness of the surrounding and diversity.


Objectives of the World Poetry Day is to


  • Support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.


  • Encourage a return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals, to promote the teaching of poetry, to restore a dialogue between poetry and the other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, and to support small publishers and create an attractive image of poetry in the media, so that the art of poetry will no longer be considered an outdated form of art, but one which enables society as a whole to regain and assert its identity.


“Poetry comes from the highest happiness or the deepest sorrow.” by  A. P. J. Abdul Kalam


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