To celebrate National Poetry Month, Germ invites you to do as contributing poet Jessie Carty does in this video and tell us why poetry matters to you. Simply leave your responses in the comments below. Or, if you like, send us a video where you recite (or read) your favorite poem!
To search for poems to read and share with others this month, visit the website of The Academy of American Poets at www.poets.org.
“The Land of Counterpane” by Robert Louis Stevenson
When I was sick and lay a-bed,
I had two pillows at my head,
And all my toys beside me lay
To keep me happy all the day.
And sometimes for an hour or so
I watched my leaden soldiers go,
With different uniforms and drills,
Among the bed-clothes, through the hills;
And sometimes sent my ships in fleets
All up and down among the sheets;
Or brought my trees and houses out,
And planted cities all about.
I was the giant great and still
That sits upon the pillow-hill,
And sees before him, dale and plain,
The pleasant land of counterpane.