Happy National Poetry Month

Dear readers,

Welcome to the 10th(!) year of verse curated by me for National Poetry Month. If you had told me when I was an undergraduate (back when blogging was the hot thing), that I’d still be posting a decade later, I’m not sure I’d believe you. And to be honest, I’ve thought of stopping at multiple points along the way. But every time I do, a friend tells me how much they look forward to April or a stranger tells me how they discovered a poem they’re in love with or someone tells me that she/he realize they actually¬†like poetry…and so I remember why I started this in the first place and am inspired to continue. So: thank you all for living in the layers with me.

Today, I write to you from Japan where I will be traveling for the next two weeks. Rest assured, I actually scheduled the first half of the month’s posts already (and they will all be much shorter than this!).

So let’s begin this month with a bit of inspiration from the beautiful landscape I find myself in, framed by¬†cherry blossoms wherever I turn. Here’s a haiku by the great Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827) and a photo from a morning walk I went on this week. May we all find such beauty amidst the complex worlds we inhabit.


In this world
we walk on the roof of hell,
gazing at flowers.