Because beauty matters
Growing up, I spent much of my childhood in bookstore and libraries. I remember that when I was eight or nine years old, my parents would leave me to read to my heart’s content in the local bookstore while they did their marketing at the wet market. I would sit cross-legged on the carpeted floor for at least two hours, just flipping through different books.
The manager of the bookstore never seemed to mind because I nearly always purchased a book or two. When I got older, my parents got me a membership at the state library and this is when I discovered books of poetry and limericks. At first I read mostly limericks, but by the time I was a tween, we were studying poetry at school during English class.
I was lucky in that my English teachers were passionate about poetry and literature. So it was only natural that I shared their enthusiasm about classic poetry. I remember that in my mid-teens I watched Dead Poets’ Society and became even more enamoured with poetry. I read Wordsworth, Whitman, Thoreau, Frost, Dickinson and Blake, all who remain my favourite poets.
Now that I’ve gained a keen interest in sustainable living, I’ve been revisiting poems about nature and sustainability by my favourite poets. Below are five of my favourites curated from the Web, in no particular order:
The Tyger by William Blake
My Heart Leaps Up by William Wordsworth (excerpt)
Nature, The Gentlest Mother by Emily Dickinson
Preface to Leaves Of Grass by Walt Whitman
From Walden Chapter 2 “Where I Lived, and What I Lived For” by Henry David Thoreau
I hope you enjoyed reading the above poems as I did posting them here. I’d love to hear your thoughts on them and perhaps post some favourites of your own in the comment section.