Roses are gray
Violets are gray
Let's all celebrate
Bad Poetry Day!
The world is dealing with a lot of serious issues right now. Pandemics, elections, and bears (oh my)! In times like these, it's important to remember to have a little fun and celebrate the good in the world, instead of just focusing on the bad.
One fun way to spice up your August is to participate in National Bad Poetry Day on August 18th. This is a day dedicated to writing, reading, and simply enjoying some horrible wordplay and wacky rhymes.
William Topaz McGonagall, opens a new window is considered one of the worst poets of all time. He only published one volume in his lifetime and famously traveled around offering dramatic performances of his work. Some of his other accolades include traveling over 50 miles to meet with Queen Victoria (and getting denied access) as well as getting buried in a pauper's grave. Harsh life! Here is his most famous poem, The Tay Bridge Disaster:
Pretty awful, right? Now that you've been properly inspired, take a few minutes to write some seriously bad poetry and have a laugh. Share this challenge with friends and family to see who can come up with the worst poem and enjoy some lighthearted fun.
For more inspiration, check out this list of poetry books offered here at the library (this is just a small sample!):
A poem in any other format would not smell as sweet