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Plan for Poetry Month

Apr 03, 2013

Junior Scribe badge on Badge ExplorerApril is National Poetry Month, when we celebrate the world of poems and poets, including our very own Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low. Besides being a skilled painter and sculptor, Daisy also wrote poems, like this one from her 1911 diary:

The road which led from you to me

Is choked with thorns and overgrown 


We walked together yesterday 


But now—I walk alone

I count the footsteps one by one 


Where love once guided us—for though 


We never saw how love had come


Alas—we saw him go

The magic of the road is dead 


The millstones marking memories 


Are moss grown and our feet must tread

Onward the separate ways

For Life hath roads that lead to power 


So high they cannot walk abreast 


You chose the high road—I the lower

God knows which road is best

How will you celebrate National Poetry Month? Here are five fun things to do with your Girl Scout sisters or on your own:

1. Read about Anne Bradstreet, the first woman to publish a book of poetry on our Inspiring Women Timeline.

2. Practice your It’s Your Story, Tell It Journey storytelling skills by organizing a poetry reading at a local library, coffee shop, or community center.

3. Take part in Poem in Your Pocket Day! It’s simple: On Thursday, April 18, select a poem you love, carry it with you, then share it with your family and friends whenever the mood strikes.

4. Take it outdoors and write a poem in chalk on your sidewalk.

5. Create a group poem. On a sheet of paper, one person writes a word, folds it over to conceal it, then passes it to the next girl for her contribution. Make sure to agree on a sentence structure beforehand—for example: adjective, noun, verb, adjective, noun. Articles and verb tenses may be added after the poem is written.

For some final inspiration, Birdsall Otis Edey served as Girl Scouts National President from 1930–1935, and was also a talented poet with several published collections to her name. Here’s something she wrote for Golden Eaglet Award recipients (now known as the Gold Award):

Lines to a Golden Eaglet

I would wish you the range of the eaglet’s eye,

The strength of his wings that your spirit may fly

Over all of life’s turmoil—your purpose held high.

I would wish you the courage to walk unafraid

Wearing proudly the symbol of your accolade.