Seed Special to celebrate World Poetry Day:
And I remember every little moment of us. Every damn guttural moment, the slices of time that replay in my mind.
The day we threw plates at the wall in a red, bloody rage, the time we sat on rooftops: feet dangling, hair twisted around one another, the beads of sweat that roll down our necks. The moment we ran from it all, playing hide and seek among the green reeds.
And from time to time, I revisit them.
Hiding myself there, I peer out.
My younger self, transfixed, watching me as I walk away once more and recreate the life of my Mother.
Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings. Poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures.
One of the main objectives of the Day is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.
The observance of World Poetry Day is also meant to encourage a return to the oral tradition of poetry recitals, to promote the teaching of poetry, to restore a dialogue between poetry and the other arts such as theatre, dance, music and painting, and to support small publishers and create an attractive image of poetry in the media, so that the art of poetry will no longer be considered an outdated form of art, but one which enables society as a whole to regain and assert its identity.