Happy National Poetry Month! Be Inspired.

Unicorn Book of Magic Greeting Card by Trudi Simmonds

Happy National Poetry Month! Throughout April, I hope you notice the light being shone upon poetry where you live, in classrooms, and in the media. I am excited to see the beautiful, inspiring, whimsical & funny poems that this month brings. I will be posting each week with a different kind of poem; my intention is to share both children’s and adult poetry with varying themes and forms. There are so many different ways that poetry can look & feel – and all are worth exploring! Today, I will start with the poetry that first fascinated me & still keeps my heart today – inspirational, magical children’s poetry. As a mother, I can now experience it anew with my children.


My daughter loves art of all kinds. We have bins bulging full of colored pencils, markers, crayons and paints – sketching pads, note pads, papers of all colors, shapes and sizes. Her drawings are often of rainbows, family members, friends, school, playgrounds, animals – real things that she has seen, touched and experienced. People she loves. But lately, her drawings feature magical creatures. Here is her drawing, and my poem for today.

Unicorn

There she stands
beauty, white as snow
cascading mane upon her neck
her satiny purple eyes aglow. 

There she stands
high upon a mountaintop
next to a rainbow
shining in its colourful light.

There she stands
glorious creature of the clouds
holding her head high
proud to be alive and free!

There she stands
a symbol for those who believe
letting those who do
see the magic she beholds.

There she stands
making wishes comes true
and people into believers
for she is 
a Unicorn. 

Copyright Stacie Eirich April 3, 2017

Originally posted March 28, 2016

Seeing her drawing and reading the poem I wrote, I am reminded how children remind us of the magic all around us, if only we allow ourselves to see and believe. Reading, writing, poetry, music – the arts – offer so many ways to enrich our souls and cultivate creativity. I hope that my daughter will always have a love of creating, of dreaming, and mostly that she’ll never stop believing in magic – and in herself.


To celebrate National Poetry Month in April 2016, I published a collection titled Canvas of Imagination: Poems. It includes Unicorn plus 15 other poems I wrote in my childhood. Available on Amazon for $0.99 – I hope it inspires kids & teens to read, write, and seek out more poetry.


On Thursday, April 6th, I’ll be sharing a post celebrating children’s poetry over at Imaginary Garden with Real Toads. Toads is a lovely online community of poets who share their passion for poetry, and this month there will be posts featuring original poems & writing prompts every day. Do go and visit to be inspired!

Thanks for stopping by Space to Dream. Have a wonderful day. 🙂 -Stacie

p.s. Below is a beautiful video, a spoken word poem that expresses the wonder of a child and encourages adults to recapture that wonder. Never stop wondering, imagining, & dreaming! This is the heart of children’s poetry.

Author: seirich

I'm a mother, writer & dreamer living north of New Orleans, La. I love writing, music, theater, travel and my family. I've written and published four books of poetry and a children's novel: Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny. I'm now working on a second children's novel.

36 thoughts on “Happy National Poetry Month! Be Inspired.”

    1. Thank you Kim! I enjoyed your lovely poem of South London as well — it does indeed seem a heaven (and a dream) to me. Yes, I can easily envision a unicorn there among the “leafy dapple.” 🙂 -Stacie

  1. Unicorns are perhaps the most universal of symbols for hope, dreams and wishes. Powerful image and a great prompt at Toads today. Thanks.

    1. Thank you Paul! Yes, unicorns seem the most magical animal to me — I’ve always loved them in literature & film. And thanks again for participating in my prompt; I loved your whimsical poem! -Stacie

    1. Thank you! I’m so glad you participated in my prompt; it was a pleasure to write. I’m sure I’ll be displaying more of my daughter’s art in the future along with my poems as she is constantly drawing and (for now) plans to be an art teacher when she grows up! 🙂 -Stacie

    1. Thank you Kerry! She has made so many drawings that I’ve taken to photographing them to keep an electronic journal of sorts, as the paper amount becomes overwhelming. She has not wavered on her goal of becoming an art teacher for at least the last 2-3 years — she is young yet but I do encourage her. Her drawings give me inspiration! 🙂 -Stacie

  2. Nice poem, Stacie. For me it sets the Unicorn’s place in life. Now, if only.
    Your daughter’s drawing is nice, fine for the poem of the day here. I like to see what the young ones are writing. My best from the GDaughter was a sympathy letter she wrote to each Mrs. J. and to me. We had just taken her to her first funeral and had not come back from Louisiana to Texas yet. She knew all the pertinent facts and expectations. That included seeing God and now being in Heaven.

    1. Thank you for the nice prompt setting the type of poem. I like doing this today. Actually I new all the nursery rhymes growing up but Billy Goat Gruff was my favorite, with the trolls. Unicorns had not been invented back then (okay, weren’t popular then).
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      1. You are so welcome Jim! This was a prompt that was easy & fun to write. Yes, nursery rhymes were always a favorite – of course, I always sang them. 🙂 Unicorns were really popular when I was a child in the 80s, so I suspect they were around for your kids too!

    2. Jim, what a bittersweet memory of your granddaughter to cherish. I am very proud of my daughter’s artistic talents and do hope she pursues her dream (even if that dream changes.) Thank you for your kind comments and I’m so happy you participated in my prompt! Have a great weekend.

  3. I love her picture and the poem you wrote to flesh it out. You two should do a book together. She woud make a wonderful illustrator.

    1. Thank you Debi! I’m very proud of her, and would love to do books together if she continues to enjoy & pursue art. Right now, my mother is my illustrator for my children’s books. She has been an artist all my life. So I suppose it runs in the family! 🙂 Have a wonderful day.

    1. Thank you so much. Perhaps we can keep a bit of that magic in our hearts through our writing & the arts. At least, that is how I feel when creating something new. Have a beautiful day Candy!

    1. Oh goodness thank you Rosemary!! It’s so exciting to hear from you! 💖You have always been kind & supportive & tough on me when I needed it. In other words, a true teacher, second Mom & friend. 😁 Yes, Sadie definitely takes after her Mimi! Love you & miss you — Hi to Ray & Julie & Chris. Keep having fun with those grandkids! I’ll keep writing, singing & mothering..😊💙📚🎼🌟

    1. Yes, keeping the magic alive may be as simple as showing others what we believe in. Or showing ourselves? I admit I don’t have a t-shirt, but if I did I’d wear it proudly. 🙂 Thanks for reading, commenting and following. I’m happy we connected! Have a great day.

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