“Anytime you wish, you can dance this poem like you did in Barcelona.”-Al Young, American Poet

I don’t know about you, but the above line just caught my eye and I felt the lyricism…did you?  Al Young, California’s Poet Laureate from 2005-2008 was born in the deep south, Mississippi on May 31st in 1939 and is 74 years young today! Read his bio when you click onto his name, he surely has accomplished a lot, poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, editor.  I am familiar with him through his poetry which is inspired by the blues and jazz. Take a listen here:

AND…can’t forget that today is also the birthday of Walt Whitman, born in 1819. Here’s one of my fave Whitman poems:

I Hear America Singing

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear, Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong, The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam, The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work, The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck, The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands, The wood-cutter’s song, the ploughboy’s on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown, The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing, Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else, The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly, Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.

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