Friday, April 22, 2016

The Creation: Earth Day, National Poetry Month

(photo Earth-Western Hemisphere, public domain, NASA)

Happy Earth Day! Happy National Poetry Month! I pondered what to post for today. There are so many wonderful, worthy books to highlight and poems to read. Just troll around Facebook, twitter, and author's blogs.

I decided to go back to the very beginning and share "The Creation" by James Weldon Johnson. I love it for it's strong sense of story, it's poetic language, and it's powerful tenderness.

It begins:

And God stepped out on space,
And he looked around and said:
I'm lonely--
I'll make me a world.

Read the rest here.

Hearing poetry recited well is an experience. Take in "The Creation," recited by Wintley Phipps.



How do you celebrate Earth Day?

4 comments:

  1. Oh my, I've forgotten this poem, Jane. How beautiful it is, and the voice of Wintry Phipps, and the images. We live in a magical world! Thank you.

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    1. Happy to bring this one back to your memory, Linda B. We need to remember what a magical world we live in so that we take good care of it. Thanks for commenting.

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  2. Wow! That was awesome, Jane!

    I especially like "spangling the night with the moon and the stars."

    And Phipps has the "voice of God!" Now I'm listening to his songs on YouTube.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your favorite part. Mine is "This Great God,/Like a mammy bending over her baby" because it is such an unusual and tender description of God.

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