The first Wednesday in October in the US brings us Random Acts Of Poetry Day. The date is perfect to please others with your talents! Each of us at least once in our lives tried to compose poetry: whether it turned out well or not very well is not important. The holiday was created not only for professionals, but also for ordinary people.
The first events took place in 2015. They reflect absolutely all forms of handwritten poetry – you only need a pen to write down your thoughts on a piece of paper. You can do it right on the sidewalk with chalk! The goal is to give creativity to people and try to touch right to their hearts. Unleash your voice and you’ll be surprised what you can do!
Walking around the city on this day, you can notice different messages around: some write about love, others about nature, others dedicate quatrains to tragic events. Everyone comes up with his own theme and hopes that his message will receive a sincere smile or bright sadness. It’s amazing that poetry has touched the souls of people since about the 23rd century BC! The first verses recorded by historians were dedicated to the moon god Nanna and his daughter Inanna, the goddess of the morning star.
It is noteworthy that poetry:
- loved by all cultures, but it also has a destructive effect. Metrophobia – fear caused by the fear of looking stupid when trying to correctly understand the meaning of the poem;
- Hans Christian Andersen – the famous Danish storyteller did not like children. When they decided to erect a monument to him, he insisted that there were no children’s figures nearby;
- the German poet Johann Christoph Friedrich Schiller could not tune in to creativity if there was not a vase with rotten apples on his desktop.
How to celebrate
We already wrote – express your thoughts as you want! Write poetry on sidewalks, on alley walls, blackboards (of course, where it is allowed), leave a piece of paper on a subway seat, stick it on a grocery store … Share energy with strangers! Team up with friends and put together an impromptu concert in the square, inviting everyone who wants to share joy, sadness, experiences through art.
When is Random Acts of Poetry Day celebrated in 2022?
Random Acts of Poetry Day is observed on the first Wednesday in October each year.