Great Poetry Reading Day is today!

Great Poetry Reading Day is in honor of some really great verse. There are millions of poems out there. Some are good,  some not so good.  Today the world’s greatest poetry needs to be read! Celebrate today in any or all of the following ways: read poetry, hold a poetry reading hour or party, listen to poetry, write your own poetry (someday it may be looked upon as great!).  In honor of Great Poetry Reading Day, we’d like to share the following poem by Maya Angelou with you.

Old Folks Laugh

They have spent their
content of simpering,
holding their lips this
and that way, winding
the lines between
their brows. Old folks
allow their bellies to jiggle like slow
tambourines.
The hollers
rise up and spill
over any way they want.
When old folks laugh, they free the world.
They turn slowly, slyly knowing
the best and the worst
of remembering.
Saliva glistens in
the corners of their mouths,
their heads wobble
on brittle necks, but
their laps
are filled with memories.
When old folks laugh, they consider the promise
of dear painless death, and generously
forgive life for happening
to them.