STATE OF DELAWARE
WHEREAS, many men and women find enjoyment, recreation and inspiration in the composition of poetry, through which they find a means of self-expression; and
WHEREAS, the Poetry Society of Delaware is comprised of those whose talents along these lines find them in mutual concert and fellowship ; and
WHEREAS, the poet laureate of Delaware, Mr. David Hudson, has requested that a day be set aside as Poetry Day in the First State, now
THEREFORE, I, J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim Monday, October 15, 1956, as
DELAWARE POETRY DAY
It is my hope that those participating in this art-form will find mutual fellowship in their gatherings, and that through their writings they will continue to bring added honors to our state in the world of literature.
DELAWARE POETRY DAY: 15 October
What makes one day unlike another and yet identical in sum?
How goes the phrase (the random tune
escaping) that you try to hum,
when almost but not quite receiving
you think you have it ; yet on leaving
you a moment or an age the phrase returns to vaunt its subtle means of power--
So like remembering a certain hour whose place in time you seek to haunt, binding remembrance in another's plight of such an unlike day or night.
Belief itself is such a rune
whose name is love. There is no other.
The poet if he thinks at all accepts the quandary, for fall the leaves as fly the birds
and both to him more than the words
he weaves : his eyes, your eyes that widen at his wild surmise, for so he listens that to share your slightest wish all unaware he offers, heedless from the start, himself the least important part, your dreams that go untold
in words you have not read
before--but which delight you with their bold
betrayal saying what you wish you'd said.
Poet Laureate of Delaware
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
(Great Seal) Eleventh day of October in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and fifty-six and of the Independence of the United States of America, the One hundred and eighty-first.
J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State