Listen to the Poet Living Inside of You


Everyone is a Poet. Think about it.

Are there moments in your day when you notice something:

light or shadow; new blooms on a tree

your lover; your child

and think “My god. How Beautiful.”

Moments when you find yourself stuck;

“Life is hard”   “Poverty is vicious”

“I Am Sad”

That is the stuff of Poetry.

Poetry is the stuff of life.

April is National Poetry Month.

The goals of National Poetry Month are to:

  • Highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets
  • Introduce more Americans to the pleasures of reading poetry
  • Bring poets and poetry to the public in immediate and innovative ways
  • Make poetry a more important part of the school curriculum
  • Increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media
  • Encourage increased publication, distribution, and sales of poetry books
  • Increase public and private philanthropic support for poets and poetry

(Taken from The Academy of American Poets website)

I want to add:

Encourage everyone to give Poetry writing a shot.


I stumbled on a unique way to give Poetry writing a shot. I was in the Sauna in the Y reading a magazine.

I ran across a brief article titled Newspaper Poems.

You start with a page full of words and take a sharpie and LOOK for the poem that lives in the words.

I love this. This is fun.

I took a page out of the same magazine, grabbed a sharpie and here it is:

My Newspaper Poem.

The photo of the Poem is above.

Here goes:


You Extend A Beauty Greeting to Spring

By Jennifer Winkel and a magazine found in a pile outside the Sauna

Always keep in mind

A breezy bouquet of freesia.

When it comes to selecting

consider the world around you-

A sky blue, left and right a quartet;

light and airy as the season.



This one with

Perfect Harmony.


Meant to lift your spirits.


Not half bad for an old magazine, an old Woman and a sharpie.

Give this a try;

Listen to  the Poet that lives in You.

We are all Poets.

Ya just gotta love that!

Think you will give this a try?

Will you share your Poem?

I hope so.

Peace, Jen

~ by Step On a Crack on April 22, 2012.

12 Responses to “Listen to the Poet Living Inside of You”

  1. Great Job, Jen!! Wonderful–and what a fun little challenge–I LIKE that!!


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  3. Hello Jen
    I’ve nominated you for the Reader Appreciation Award. Hope you appreciate it :-). Details are here: Details are here:
    Love, Steph


  4. What a cool idea! i can’t wait to try this out! Unfortunately, here in Yeaman, there is a shortage of magazines in English and i would hate to try this in Yeaman-ese…


    • Dear Al,

      Maybe you need to make like a Ransom Note Poem in Yeaman-ese…. letter by letter.

      OR try out a New Dr. Suess/EE Cummings hybrid thing: nonsense and a little bit of wisdom: Al and Yeaman-ese style!

      My Best to the Mrs. Thank you for stopping by,

      XO Jen


  5. Poetry is such a joy! I used to write like crazy, but after a long draught I lately have been working on haikus in an exchange with a friend since they are bite-sized and go down easy.


    • Hello there YOU!

      I just can’t write poetry unless I am called to it. Every single day a line or two or twenty go in my notebook and they all will one day be full blown poems. It takes a certain space/time thing for it to work for me.

      I DEEPLY admire anyone who can write Haiku or Tanka! THAT stuff is hard! Way to go! I especially like

      Caddo Veil
      Written words never die by Eric Alagan for these forms.

      Hey, are you going to share?

      I would love to read some!

      thank you for being here. XO Jen


  6. i’ve read more poetry since I started following your blog and others from here. too funny.


    • Louise,

      I have had quite a few people tell me that they now like poetry! That Makes me SO happy! Maybe I need a separate Poetry blog…

      (don’t have time for this one as it is. I am up WAY too late every night)

      I hope you are enjoying the Poetry break…

      Louise, thank you for being here!

      XO Jen


  7. I’ve been poetry stuck lately…
    So I shall read yours!


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