#NPRpoetry Moment: Of Spirit And Bone In this installment of All Things Considered's National Poetry Month series, we hear two poems from listeners — meditations on matter and soul — and a note from a teacher who's gotten involved, too.

#NPRpoetry Moment: Of Spirit And Bone

#NPRpoetry Moment: Of Spirit And Bone

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In this installment of All Things Considered's National Poetry Month series, we hear two poems from listeners — meditations on matter and soul — and a note from a teacher who's gotten involved, too.

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And before we leave you today, here's one last delicious taste of Twitter poetry. We've been getting poems about all kinds of subjects with all kinds of flavors. Here are a couple to chew over - first, this one by Susan Crane in Boulder, Colo.

SUSAN CRANE: (Reading) Count all of my bones, softly lay them side-by-side, believe I mattered.

MARTIN: I need to hear that again.

MARTIN: (Reading) Count all of my bones, softly lay them side-by-side, believe I mattered.

MARTIN: Thank you, Susan. We were also captivated by another philosophical poem, tweeted by Yahia Lababidi, an Egyptian poet based in Washington, D.C.

YAHIA LABABIDI: (Reading) Bodies are like poems. A fraction of their power is found in their skin. The remainder belongs to the spirit that swims through.

MARTIN: Thank you for that. Every day, we have been getting an astonishing range of poems tweeted to us using the hashtag #NPRpoetry. At least four teachers are using our April Poetry Month celebration as a homework assignment. English teacher Shelby Boehm of Estero High School in Florida tweeted - your English teacher wants you to write a haiku. Try your best - or else.

That applies to all of you out there listening. We want to hear poems from everybody during this month's poetry celebration. If you have something to tweet about, share it with us using the hashtag #NPRpoetry. And we might just read it on the air.

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