Friday, July 27, 2012

Poetry Friday: Olympics

So I was searching for something sporty to post today, in honor of the Olympics, and I found this from December 2010, explaining about how there would be a poetry wall in the Olympic Village. I did some more research and found this site, Winning Words Poetry. It turns out there's not one but many poetry walls.

Did everyone know this but me?

Here's the archive of poems from the site. You can search by sport or themes.

Here's a poem I found in the archive. This one isn't so much in celebration of sports but of London itself, shining during the Games which begin tomorrow.

Upon Westminster Bridge

Sept. 3, 1802

Earth has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:
This City now doth like a garment wear

The beauty of the morning: silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky,
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.

Never did sun more beautifully steep
In his first splendour valley, rock, or hill;
Ne’er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!

The river glideth at his own sweet will:
Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still!

William Wordsworth

It may be still in the morning, but there's going to be plenty of activity the rest of the time! I love this picture, though, of that deep calm before the day begins.

The roundup is here today.


Katya said...

I didn't know about the poetry wall, either. Thank you for sharing links to them!

Jessica said...

I didn't know about this, and I just learned today that poetry was an Olympic sport until the 1940's! (via facebook . .. and I think npr, I'll have to look it up!) That would be a sport I could actually enjoy!

Linda at teacherdance said...

I didn't know either, and that it used to be a sport. Could it be something like poetry slams, only quieter, do you think? What fun. Your poem is a lovely one of anticipation I think. Thank you!

Mary Lee said...

I like the word Linda used -- "anticipation."

That moment of quiet is certainly gone by now!

Tricia said...

I didn't know about the poetry wall, so there was at least 5 or 6 of us :^).

As far as "Sporting Arts" are concerned, here's the URL for the story on NPR:

Does your daughter know that a Nerdfighter is on the British gymnastics team? Apparently she showed some nerdfighter sign on TV, so my son told me that "Nerdfighteria" (or something along those lines) got 5th in women's team gymnastics. :^)

Ruth said...

Yes, Tricia, my daughter showed me a picture! Thanks for the url.