April is National Poetry Month. This year’s poster is kind of subtle, mostly shades of gray, but interesting. It features a foggy wet surface with finger marks dragged through quoting T. S. Eliot: “Do I dare disturb the universe?” It is formidable to think that one’s words have the power to alter the universe, but it’s true. Just ask Shakespeare, Thomas Paine, Voltaire or Jane Austen. While I don’t think anything I write is in the ‘disturbing’ and ‘important’ category, I hope to provide a few hours pleasure and release from everyday life.

(And that is a disturbing and important thought. For the book you spend months on—perhaps years—will be read in just a few hours. If writers got paid for the amount of time actually writing, we’d probably be getting invisible fractions of a penny per hour, LOL.)

As you know, I’m back in the risky business of taking a seriously fractured hero and taping him up together in Master of Sin. I need help with Italian (iGoogle!) and psychology. I’ve got to create a fictional Scottish island too, because my husband says we can’t afford the “research” trip to the Outer Hebrides. Heck, I’d settle for the Inner Hebrides. 🙂 But before I get too far into the book, I need to have my feet firmly planted in Andrew Rossiter’s universe, where poetry is a luxury and “freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.”

Classical poetry may have fallen out of fashion, but many song lyrics speak to the poetic souls in all of us. Here is humble romance from Jamey Johnson’s In Color:

This one is my favorite one—
This is me and grandma in the summer sun
All dressed up the day we said our vows.
You can’t tell it here but it was hot that June,
That rose was red and her eyes were blue.
And just look at that smile,I was so proud
That’s the story of my life—
Right there in black and white.
And if it looks like we were scared to death
Like a couple of kids just trying to save each other
You should have seen it in color.
A picture’s worth a thousand words,
But you can’t see what those shades of gray keep covered.
You should have seen it in color.
Go color your universe! Any lyrics/poems you’d like to post?
You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you. ~Joseph Joubert