miércoles, 21 de marzo de 2018

21 March - World Poetry Day

Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings. Poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures.

In celebrating World Poetry Day, March 21, UNESCO recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.
decision to proclaim 21 March as World Poetry Day was adopted during UNESCO’s 30th session held in Paris in 1999.
One of the main objectives of the Day is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and to offer endangered languages the opportunity to be heard within their communities.
Source: United Nations

I'm between celebra, of course, in this manera...

Amar a la extranjera
Those things I felt for you in Spanish
and talked about in English
with my therapist
my cat
and the inhabitants of this Tower of Babel, I just
cannot bring myself to repeat them
In the language I use on the daily, daily basis
to get jobs, tobacco and cappuccinos.
Inside my tongue
there is a foreign blood
and inside that blood there is still
another foreign blood
- I must say I go from blood to blood
like an international vampire -
Why ask why
I won't ask anymore questions
I'm fed up with getting answers
I won't repeat myself in circles of damn pain
My traveling heart
is learning everything there is to know
about foreign towns
foreign tongues
and silence.

Juvenal Acosta

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