April is National Poetry Month. A time to explore, read, write and embrace this beautiful art form that dates back to biblical times. National Poetry Month was established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. Each year schools, libraries, businesses, eateries and organizations sponsor various events and activities to increase awareness, entertain and enrich audiences across the nation. We’d like to add to the “brew” here at the Coffeehouse.
Accordingly, here are a few selections on today’s menu for your enjoyment.
WE WEAR THE MASK
BY PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR
We wear the masks that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.
Why should the world be over-wise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.
We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!
I CARRY YOUR HEART WITH ME
BY: e.e. Cummings