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Poetry is like all the chords of the human heart strung together like a well-orchestrated symphony. Good poetry works well when it touches the emotions, when it induces a smile or a tear and when it addresses the "everyman" in every one of us -- touching us all with its poignant calling of the senses -- speaking knowingly and intimately to us and stirring the heart. When you read the work of the great poets, you can see how they weave emotions into words -- helping us to endure hard times, grieve through tragedy, cope with family sorrows and travel this ever-changing and sometimes rocky road of just being "human". Poetry has the ability to soothe the soul. It can help us sit back. It can help us relax and reflect upon the roots of our troubles. It can help us come back to our senses, empassion us, encourage us to be better people. Is poetry important? We think it is extremely important. In fact, we think poetry is the lifeblood of decency, caring, understanding and love. Yes, my friends, poetry is an essential ingredient of the human condition.

Poetry rises to a melodic crescendo when combined with the human voice. When read aloud, poetry can be as physical an art form as dancing. The voice takes the words from the page and breathes life into their meaning. When combined with music, poetry reaches yet another high point. The words challenge the mind while the music soothes our soul. There are, of course, thousands of brilliant poets -- two of whom are our collective favorites at the Canadian Copywriter

John Lennon signs an autograph for the "person" (and we use that term very loosely) who assassinated him.

He was the man -- a man who "declared war against war" and took those words and with the use of music, made those words resonate with power. Sadly, he was assassinated on December 8, 1980.

Second only to John Lennon, Leonard is a man who makes our minds evaluate and re-evaluate! There is a poetry in his vaguity. When you consider the poetry of the Beatles, they created a framework into which we, as individuals and human beings, painted our own translations. What those words were intended to communicate might have been entirely different as to what the lyrics were intended to communicate. Of all the different pop groups and songs, the Beatles were universal -- yet their lyrics and music meant different things to different people.

Once again, the Canadian Copywriter Group met at the Thirsty Muse (on September 2, 2016). Each of our members were asked to bring their favorite poem and explain to the group why they liked their chosen poem. A lot of terrific entries were submitted, but in the end, we held a vote and Lisa's poem took top honors. Here is her entry:

Lisa is a newlywed."When I got married", she says "I stood at the alter, holding my bouquet and I looked down to see those little flower buds shake like they were in a Spring wind. I laugh now, but I was the epitomé of a nervous bride. After that experience, I searched for something that would express the way I felt and I finally found this poem by Bella Akhmadulina. It was the perfect testament to my wedding day".

Dennis is an environmentalist. He works for the Conservation Authority which is down the road apiece. His life is the great outdoors -- and he abhors the incursions of man against nature. He was drawn to this poem by William Wordsworth.

Victoria operates a little curio shop in the village just a few miles from where we meet at The Thirsty Muse. Curiously, her name hints at her passion: she is a "monarchist" and a "medhievalist" who enjoys stories of the middle ages, knights on horseback, those kinds of things. She brought her poem to the table, and wonder of wonders, it's by (of all people) King James 1.