A friend sent me a link to the New York Times. It was an article that when we as a people are stressed, depressed, or in conflict with each other, we need the poets to remind us of why we have a life and why we are here.
At this year’s inauguration, Amanda Gorman a young poet, stepped up to the podium and with her words, she spoke and told the nation how to start the healing.
“”Let the globe, if nothing else say this is true.
That even as we greived, we grew.
That even as we hurt, we hoped.
That even as we tired, we tried.
Poets and their poems are needed in these times of trials, conflict and misunderstanding to lift us up to our better selves.
Many people will say,”I don’t read or listen to poetry”. But they are missing the heart and soul of the nation’s people. So I agree with Margaret Renkl when she thanks God for our nation’s poets.
Why We Need Poets
We should hear the melody of life in their words.
With gentle words the poems can bring us to our better selves.
When we drink bitterness, the poet can sweeten the brew.
We can find life’s meaning and live ,heal and grow.
Poetry is the bread and butter that feeds and nurtures our nation’s soul.