Poetry Day Ireland is an annual national celebration of all things poetic – and it has been going on all day today, mostly in a virtual sense because of the COVID-19 lockdown situation.
This year, the theme is ‘There will be time’, which can be your prompt today.
Check out lots of poetry-related things here.
But in addition, I have chosen the following poem as a prompt to mark the passing of its author earlier this week. Eavan Boland wrote this poem in 1994. She was a greatly respected Irish poet who will be missed by many. I have loved her work, and hope you agree the following example is an object lesson in how to write moving poetry.
Things are getting ready
out of sight.
Stars and moths.
And rinds slanting around fruit.
But not yet.
One tree is black.
One window is yellow as butter.
A woman leans down to catch a child
who has run into her arms
Apples sweeten in the dark.
by Eavan Boland
Back to Basics – if you need to catch up, it started here , but we’re finished soon, the penultimate prompt at 5pm (Dublin time) tomorrow.