Poetry or Prose?

It’s National Poetry Month and I’ve been remiss in sharing my love for poetry! I have a great excuse, though, since I’ve been sharing my love for description and lyrical prose instead. In my personal universe, this month is “Writing Workshop Month”; I’m teaching writers from ages 8 to adult somewhere everyday.

During the past week I’ve been reciting key lines from my favorite poem. It fits the scenario of my life and so is appropriate to share on Poem in Your Pocket Day.

First Fig by Edna St. Vincent Millay
My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
It gives a lovely light!

Yes, life is crazy right now with 12-hours days (which include traveling between various venues) but I seem to thrive on it–as long as it doesn’t last too long, of course. During such months, I also make time for solar recharge. Then I can be sure my candle will last the night, and the next night too.

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