National Poetry Day

Oooh today is a busy day here on the blog. It's also National Poetry Day, and being someone who places such enormous value upon poetry (both my own and other people's) I couldn't let the day pass without comment. 

My best friend Sushmita shared a poem by William Martin the other day which really really touched me, and when a poem moves you I think it's only right that you should pass it on, and continue to share it with others, that is, of course, how poetry came to be.

The poem is called Make The Ordinary Come Alive

Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples, and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.

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