Wednesday, April 23, 2014

National Poetry Month ~ April, 2014 ~ POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY




National Poetry Month ~ April 2014

"Words are things, and a small drop of ink
falling like dew upon a thought
produces that which makes
thousands, perhaps millions, think."

Lord Byron, 1788-1824


Words, those markers of thought, sounding within us, hanker for expression. Words, those marks upon paper, our own or that of another find their meaning within us. A poem, its meter, its rhythm, its rhyme, its structure, its pulse, calls for our attentive consideration. Within the words, the line, the totality of a poem, we to find meaning, inspiration, an accord, a resolve and yes, another question. 

WORDS words

words for prayer words for play
for the faith and frolic of our day
for the politician's power quest
words chosen thought to be best
words that conjure thoughts of freedom, the held ideal
words to affirm a continued and favored appeal
words of the lovers passionate and sweet
to assure affectionate embraces when they do meet
words to praise and hold gratitude true
gems and jewels when bestowed upon you
words of inspiration holding to nature's grace
to bring us to another time another place
words of faith, vision and quest
within each held life's behest
the poet's game to choose words well
to touch those chambers where heart and soul dwell.

Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996,
National Poetry Month
is now held every April to celebrate poetry
and its place in American culture.

Celebrate National Poem In Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 24, 2014!

The idea is simple: select a poem you love during National Poetry Month
then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, and friends.


Peruse http://www.apogeepoet.blogspot.com

select a favored poem, copy/print, pocket and share!


Still life with books and a globe, Jan Davidsz de Heem, (Utrecht 1606 - 1683/84 Antwerp),
Signed and dated on the book at the centre:
Johannes / de Heem / Fecit Anno / 1628

This signed Still life with books and a globe of 1628 dates from the Leiden period of Jan Davidsz de Heem, generally regarded as one of the most important and multifaceted still-life painters of the Golden Age. De Heem painted six further still lifes with books while in Leiden, where he had settled in or before 1625.

image: thekremercollection.com/art/artists/Jan-Davidsz-de-Heem/


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mother Earth ~ In Loving Tribute...


Mother Earth

Mother Earth her nurture in blessings known
Embraced by the warming sun
By vistas of light majestic
The moon, the stars and galaxies afar
Mother Earth her flowing waters 
Streams, rivers, oceans, seas
Mountains, valleys, fields of grace
Bounty and beauty, within our hearts to place
In revelations and callings devine
Her Spirit ever in present time
The NOW of her wondrous gifts she to give
And WE nourished by Her will to live.


Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York


Monday, April 21, 2014

Earth Day ~ 2014


Inspired Spirit and Blessings shall prevail
There is Love beyond travail
That knowing faith within heart
From which a questing peace has its start
A vision beyond the perceived despair
So be our wondrous destiny in God's care
Light and TRUTH be they the resounding plea
Over our lands from sea to sea
Gather our thoughts and a new vision clear
Beyond all illusions beyond all fear.

Ravage not the land nor sea
Heed the echoed cry and plea
Heard in the crashing wave and thunderous sky
In valleys, plains and mountains high
Hold this Earth in reverent care
Protect our gifts of water and air
Take not in abuse a mineral or gem
Behold the wonder of each bloom, leaf and stem
Trees to flourish, 'tis bounty's call
The knowing grace of Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Earth, animals, a you, a me
Nurture wise and abundance be.


Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Thursday, April 10, 2014

April ~ National Poetry Month... Words...


a memory, a vision, with words convey
the happenings of now and a yesterday
days past, days present, and days yet to BE
words, an exchange of heart to you from me.

In Celebration of 
National Poetry Month


Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York

Thursday, April 3, 2014

WE are ever the CELEBRATION...



WE are ever the CELEBRATION
Beyond the din of the media
Beyond the reported tragedies 
Beyond the loss and lament 
There be the SPIRIT of BEING
There be the BREATH of Life
In CELEBRATION of Faith, Trust, Truth, Beauty, Love 
YES, CELEBRATE... each letter sounding to heed the 
                                        Call 
                                        Eternal 
                                        Love 
                                        Enduring
                                        Beauty
                                        Revelation
                                        Ascension
                                        Truth 
                                        Evermore.


Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York


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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

DANCE the WORD...



In Celebration of April, National  Poetry Month, 2014  


DANCE the WORD... 

as a poet,  I have been told I, 

"...dance the word..." 

 W O R D 

Wondrous Omnipresence Revelation Divine ... 

this be the DANCE of the Poet... 

Deliverance Aspiration Nurturance Creation Eternal... 

the celebration of BEING.



Rose Marie Raccioppi,
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York  

And this I shall... in a poetry presentation scheduled this evening at the 
New City Library, New City, New York... 
Orangetown Poet Laureate, 
Rose Marie Raccioppi, 
as a featured poet of distinction 
in Celebration of National Poetry Month, April, 2014.


Monday, March 31, 2014

A Single Red Rose for The POET




A Single Red Rose...

This day has brought its own perfection and I in the JOY of its offerings. As I was leaving my home to go to the Spring Valley High School, Spring Valley, NY, the sun was brilliant in a clear blue sky. I was to be received with honor as Poet Laureate, Orangetown, NY in recognition of Women's History Month. The program presented readings by faculty members of woman poets who have touched the lives of many through their ennobled words. 

I had the pleasure of reading two of my original poems, one written specifically for this occasion. The student reception did indeed gladden both heart and spirit. Such beautiful young souls in search, in exploration, in loving appreciation and expressed gratitude.

Post my reading and response to the questions posed, I was given a single red rose.  How beautifully symbolic ...


Women's History Month is an annual declared month worldwide that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. As Poet Laureate. Orangetown, New York, I am honored to Celebrate Woman Poets with a poetic dialogue befitting this occasion.

The POET

she awakens to the light
to the dawning of the day new
she hears the song bird song
feels the warmth of the sun
listens to the sounding wind
hears the echoes of loss and lament
feels the pain of despondency and despair
yet deeply she knows all is in resolve
for ever held she be in God's care
many a trial and many a challenge at hand
FAITH and TRUST be her guiding command
beyond a momentary confusion is the clarity of grace
this in resounding accord in heart she does place
the mission, the quest, this pulsing of heart
from love it be known, from love shan't it depart
the Passion ~ the Omnipresence ~ the Eternal ~ the Truth
this be her way
she the POET in blessings LIVES her day
a word by pen, its calling perceived
this the MUSE in soul conceived
upon the paper marks to bear her name
and she the POET expresses her claim
and she the POET expresses her claim.


Rose Marie Raccioppi
Poet Laureate
Orangetown, New York