Princess Ashilokun

Seed Special to celebrate World Poetry Day: cool sunlight, like blunt razor blades, spills on half-dappled ichor skin. beyond the green the people rise like the plants between the blades. rich earth, now dark, gently extends a body in the undergrowth. where a lover once, a broken stem, fell to protect another. it’s quiet here, in the swaying light where shadows yield like memories. brown toes, the roots of harvest failed, sink deep into the earth. from the other side, peering still at the rise and fall of man, a fated promise is fulfilled at the loss of a lover’s hand. __ 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and create an attractive image of poetry in the media, so that the art of poetry will no longer be considered an outdated form of art, but one which enables society as a whole to regain and assert its identity.

Seed by Princess Ashilokun. Image by Jeremy Snell.

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