Serena’s Poetry Challenge February: Ask Me Why I Love You by Walter Everette Hawkins

As part of Serena’s Poetry Reading Challenge I will be sharing the poem I enjoyed the most that month on the last Tuesday of each month.
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One of the easiest, and possibly most difficult, will be getting people to sign up to read a poem-a-day through the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day service. The challenge is to read a poem-a-day for a week once per month and write about which poems were your favorite and why. You can write up a short blurb on your Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or your blog. I’d love for you to share your experience in the comments each month.

After reading a poem a day for a week in February, the one I enjoyed most was: Ask Me Why I Love You Walter Everette Hawkins. This was my first time reading this poet and I  enjoyed this one so much because I like love poems. I enjoy the way this poem flows, simply and beautifully. I like all the examples he gives to show that sometimes you can simply love someone just because you do…“And I will ask the flower why it loves the Summer sun…”. 

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Ask Me Why I Love You by Walter Everette Hawkins

Ask me why I love you, dear,
And I will ask the rose
Why it loves the dews of Spring
At the Winter’s close;
Why the blossoms’ nectared sweets
Loved by questing bee,—
I will gladly answer you,
If they answer me.

Ask me why I love you, dear,
And I will ask the flower
Why it loves the Summer sun,
Or the Summer shower;
I will ask the lover’s heart
Why it loves the moon,
Or the star-besprinkled skies
In a night in June….

What do you think of this one? You can read the poem in full here.

You can sign up for a Poem A Day over @ Poets.org

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Nothing in this post is available for download. The flower photo is my own.

9 thoughts on “Serena’s Poetry Challenge February: Ask Me Why I Love You by Walter Everette Hawkins

  1. Hi Naida,

    I checked out the full length version of this poem and thought how beautiful it was!

    I was interested to know if Walter had written any other poems and was a little surprised at the scant response.

    Another site featured a different one of his poems, which I really can’t even name on your blog, for fear of someone calling me out as politically incorrect.

    I then found a book by the author on Amazon called ‘Chords and Discords’ and although there was only one poem up as an example of the book’s content, I got the distinct impression that most of the collection was as dark as the second poem I had uncovered!

    Maybe ‘Ask Me Why I Love You’, was a one off love poem by Walter, unless you or any of your fellow poetry bloggers have the book and can comment differently – which I hope they can, as this poem was lovely!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Yvonne
    xx

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    • Hi Yvonne, I like this one also. Really? Now I wonder. I did search the author too but couldn’t find much. This was my first time reading this poet. Thanks for stopping and and for your thoughtful comment as usual. Enjoy your weekend!

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  2. Walter is an obscure poet.

    “Walter Everette Hawkins is one of the more obscure, but one of the more unusual Afro-American poets of the early twentieth century, an important figure in the transition of black literature from the genteel modes of the latter nineteenth century to the flowering of black militancy often identified with the Harlem Renaissance. A poet of strong political convictions, Hawkins produced work that often showed fire and ambition. Such pioneering critics of black literature as Sterling Brown, Benjamin Brawley, and Robert Kerlin singled out Hawkins for both his poetic and thematic boldness.” – http://www.bookrags.com/biography/walter-everette-hawkins-dlb/#gsc.tab=0

    Here’s another of his poem: https://www.libertarian-labyrinth.org/anarchist-beginnings/walter-everette-hawkins-credo-1920/

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