I’ve been a nerdfighter since I read Looking for Alaska in 2009? ‘ish? (Nerdfighter is the name of the community that surrounds the Vlogbrothers YouTube channel and everything that John and Hank Green have fostered since it’s inception.) It was definitely long before The Fault In Our Stars because I remember John Green referencing writing and then finishing it and then the frenzy of the book release with the Green Brothers. But I don’t remember how long before it was. Either way, I’ve been following the Green Brothers for a LONG TIME now.
One of the regular products of theirs that I enoy is their podcast which they’ve been doing since 2015 I believe. I’ve cycled through them all a few times now and those election 2016 episodes where they’re so convinced Trump’s not going to win? ARE HARD TO LISTEN TO NOW.
At least 99% of their episodes start with John reading a “short poem” which I thought would just be something I ignored but – especially as I cycle through the episodes again – I find I often wish I wasn’t driving or running while listening so I could write down the one he read.
This was one I actually remembered to look up and re-read on my own and y’all – I AM NOT A POETRY PERSON. I hate poetry in the same way that I hate wine. It’s just not something I’ve ever gotten into so I’m irritated when other people are into it because I feel like I missed my chance and now it just irritates me. But I wanted to share this one with you as I think it’s something I might even try to memorize like in the English Classes of yesteryear, because it gets me right there in the heart.
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,
And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.
I’ve heard it in the chillest land,Hope is the thing with feathers (254)
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.
I am not someone who shared out poetry on her blog. I’m not sure what level that makes me in terms of “basic” but I’m pretty sure it’s right there with snapping pictures of my PSL.