Day 14 NaPoWriMo. Today is for poetry lovers and who doesn’t love their poets more than Scotland. Here is the stamp from my ‘remember postcard’ on a trip to Scotland. Because it is the most generic of UK stamps, I included the post mark.
If you Google Scottish Poets, more than 50 photos pop up. Of course, we all know Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson.
In Edinburgh, I got to see the “Poetry for the Palace – Poet Laureate from Dryden to Duffy” exhibit at the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Liz Lochhead was there. She signed her book for me.
I submitted my poem “Eddie” (about Edinburgh) to the Scottish Poetry Library. They accepted it and added it to their archive. Yah me!
See the World in a Poem
A book’s worth of something said
fitting on a single page,
half the width of a page.
in a visceral, envisioned way.
Poetry is meant to be eaten
ingested and wondered upon,
felt in the heart and in the gut.
Poetry is a magic carpet
whisking us away
in a swirl
to a place, time, and freeze frame,
a new frame,
a different way of seeing.
but in poetry
can we see, hear, feel, touch
run countless paths,
live as many lives
as our eyes and ears will carry us to.
See the World
in a poem.
Dawn at the Writers’ Museum in Edinburgh, Scotland