In an effort to read more poetry this year than last (a 2021 goal), I am challenging myself with a short objective–to read a poem a day for ten days. And, what better way to do this than to use, the “original poetry service publishing new work by contemporary poets.” I subscribed today, Sunday, August 22nd, 2021.

Today’s featured poem is by Walter Everette Hawkins, a native of North Carolina, born in 1888.

Our ties to North Carolina, My Better Half’s birth state, incline me positively towards this poet to begin with.

The poem is titled, “The Drowsy World Dreams On.” In it, the poet marks the occurrence of many things, while “the drowsy world dreams on,” oft repeated as the final line of each stanza.

The final stanza of the poem sums up the world’s indifference to daily happenings, both large and small:

“And the dreary old world’s growing gloomy and gray,

While the joys that are sweetest are passing away;

And the charms that inspire like the picture of dawn

Are but playthings of Time–they gleam and are gone,

While the drowsy world dreams on.”

I will not post a poem a day and my interpretation of it, for the goal is to read poetry, not write about it. Instead, I would encourage you readers to choose a poem a day service and read a poem a day for whatever amount of time you choose to challenge your self for. Happy Reading–of POETRY!

Thanks, Evin!

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

11 thoughts on “NEW CHALLENGE/POETRY”

  1. I subscribe to Poem a Day (which I sometimes read) and Writer’s Almanac (which I almost always read). Reading poetry is a huge positive experience for me: I am pulled out of the struggles of my life and I see that others suffer, too, and I see the events of life as both metaphorical and worthy, contributing to the greater good.

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