National Poetry Month

Inspired by Black History month, The Academy of American Poets  worked with a variety of interested parties including teachers, publishers, booksellers, librarians, and of course poets to figure out the many ways poetry could be celebrated.  They concluded April was a great month for the celebration, and on April 1, 1996, President Bill Clinton proclaimed April to be National Poetry Month. 


Following the Academy’s lead, Writers’ Morning Out has posted a poem-a-day during April since WMO’s inception in 2010.

“Silver Needles” by Tom Scheve


Silvery needles on Pines of green swaying gently on winds unseen
Whispering songs through limbs up high, soothing sounds that fill the sky.
Yet those needles of silver and green that glisten brightly, can’t be seen
by minds cluttered with useless thoughts, making the miracle all for not.
Clear your minds and enjoy with me the sight and sounds of these wondrous trees.