Happy NaPoMo 2023!

Poets, “April 1 is finally here . . .

The link above redirects to NaPoWriMo, where “30 poems in 30 days” has been hosted for 20 years and folks are already in heavy participation.

Below, a poem by Stephen Beal via the Academy of American Poets. The poem, On Becoming a Poet in the 1950s“, offers full-circle irony likely to inspire satisfaction in any poet or reader:

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National Poetry Month – Poem a Day

To read LifePoetic‘s poem of the day for April 1, 2023, visit “Blue Skies in Springtime“.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy NaPoMo!


Time Values

A late wake . . . why not, on
this day we move time forward
not by a week which might be
helpful but by an hour that
makes little difference except to
shorten one’s day, ironically

Still, what joy, to be alive
this day, with sense to value the   
absence of effort outside the home
for its meaning—opportunity
to build within that abode . . .
Time we shouldn’t forget

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“My Valentine”: Classic Song for Valentine’s Day

Today’s choice for the infusion of love in the air is a ballad written just over a decade ago by a sentimental man expressing love for his marriage partner:

Original song by Paul McCartney (2011)
RE: Love is in da Blog 2023

What if it rained?
We didn’t care
She said that someday soon
The sun was gonna shine.
And she was right,
This love of mine,
My Valentine

Written while on vacation in Morocco, Paul McCartney’s “My Valentine”, (featuring Eric Clapton on original record, backed by Diana Krall band) is a reserved, bluesy tune based on the sounds of classic crooners like Cole Porter and Frank Sinatra. It is one of two original tracks on McCartney’s tribute album Kisses on the Bottom.

Speaking of the crooners (early 20th century), technology had boosted the popularity of such smooth vocals by providing advanced microphones able to pick up a wider range of frequencies.

While the original version features Eric Clapton on guitar, an official video version of My Valentine features the strokes of Johnny Depp playing in character to Natalie Portman’s portrayal of his valentine. *Detailed background information at Songfacts regarding the sign language Depp and Portman portray in their video, directed by McCartney, indicates that—ultimately—they are using “their own form” of sign language.

Poetic lyrics shared for “Love is in da blog” 2023, hosted by The Bee Writes, found via pensitivity101.

In this month of love—
Whether gained or lost
There exists a song
For everyone.


Songfacts contributors. “My Valentine.” Songfacts. 2023. Web. 1 Feb. 2023.

Wikipedia contributors. “Crooner.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 29 Jan. 2023. Web. 1 Feb. 2023.

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