National Poetry Month

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By Stephanie Finne (Guest Contributor)

April is National Poetry Month! I’m not much of a poet, but I found there are other ways to celebrate the month.  The Academy of American Poets has provided 30 Ways to Celebrate.  One of suggestions is to revisit a poem. Here is one I’ve always loved:

How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43)
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Be sure to check out the amazing poetry on this blog by the talented Sandi Martinez. We hope you find a way to celebrate National Poetry Month!