WHEREAS, poetry has been a means of expression which goes deeply to the roots of human emotions ; and

WHEREAS, this form of communication requires specialized skills, thoroughness of subject matter and compact presentation of an ideology so that properly combined words and phrases become sentimental sonnets or gems of philosophy; and

WHEREAS, Delaware has a large number of individuals who practice this creative art as a contribution to recording our life and times both past and present ; and

WHEREAS, we are all inspired and often given new impetus for further achievement because of the contributions of our Delaware poets ;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby set aside and designate Wednesday, October 15, 1954, as


I heartily suggest that our State's poet laureate; our newspapers, radio and television outlets, churches, schools, clubs and all organizations stress the reading and study of the efforts and works of our Delaware poets, so that we may secure new inspiration from the pens of those to whom we owe our gratitude for recording the inner thoughts of our generation and those which preceded us.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed at Dover, this Seventh

(Great Seal) day of October in the year of Our Lord One

thousand nine hundred and fifty-four, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one-hundred and seventy-ninth.

J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State