Monday, April 5, 2010
NPM 50 State Tour -- "While I Breathe, I Hope"
South Carolina has one of the most beautiful state mottos I've found, "Dum spiro spero." While I breathe, I hope.
Marjory Heath Wentworth is SC's state poet laureate. She's a fellow NYU grad (go Violets! Unfortunately, yes, that really is our NYU nickname.)
And I just love this fact, from the SC Governor's website, "Ms. Wentworth teaches poetry in an arts and healing program for cancer patients and their families at Roper Hospital in Charleston, S.C."
A Normal Life
Whatever that is.
I don't pretend to know.
Don't think I haven't
tried to fold the socks
in neat pairs and stacked
the chipped blue rimmed bowls
and matching plates
inside the cupboard.
For years I have fed
the black and white dog
who barks whenever
the doorbell rings.
Read the rest of the poem here.
Tomorrow we're continuing National Poetry Month 50 State Tour in New Hampshire.
Should make for some interesting poetry.