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?


  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.

    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.

  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.

    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.