Can we change the world, one poem at a time?
The jury’s out on this, however
never underestimate the power of the Word
it has endured millenia, for bad or good
according to its use
What to believe? It’s up to you to choose:
this is not a polemical poem.
I’ve changed my life, one poem at a time:
in darkest times such words as soothed my soul
have healed me. In times of doubt, they have restored my faith:
the power of a simple line of poetry
has brought about a fundamental change
in me, restoring inner light and harmony.
I’m not saying we can change the world,
but it’s high time we tried our level best
so do your worst:
pick up a pen to write, a book to read,
to change your heart, at most to change the rest.
© Experimentsinfiction 2021, All Rights Reserved
Written for dVerse
It is Open Link Night over at dVerse poets’ pub, and it’s also the first day of #NaPoWriMo, where many people take part in the challenge of writing a poem a day. I suppose I have a head start on this with my Twitter daily poetry challenge. But I’ve been thinking a lot about whether poetry can make positive changes in the world, especially as I work on The Anthropocene Hymnal.
I can’t answer this question one way or another, as I’ve said above. I do know that poetry has changed my life. Here are just a few examples of poems which have been life-changing for me:
- Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood by William Wordsworth
- ‘Proverbs of Hell’ from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake
- A Birthday by Christina Rosetti
- Because I could not stop for death by Emily Dickinson
- The Blackbird of Glanmore by Seamus Heaney
This list is by no means exhaustive, and I’m sure you have your own life-changing poems. I would love if you shared them with me in the comments below. Let’s keep the poetry revolution going, one poem at a time…