Poetry Friday is hosted today by These Four Corners.
My selection is " Hope Through Heartsongs" written and illustrated by Mattie J.T. Stepanek.
Mattie became a New York Times bestselling author at the age of 11 with the publication of his poetry collection titled "Heartsongs." He began writing poetry as a way to cope with the death of his brother and followed his first book with four others: ''Journey Through Heartsongs,'' ''Hope Through Heartsongs,'' ''Celebrate Through Heartsongs'' and ''Loving Through Heartsongs.''
Free-verse poems explore life, death, love, loss, and faith with both innocence and wisdom.
Mattie died in 2004 at the age of 13 from complications of muscular dystrophy, but his words of hope and joy continue to inspire readers of all ages.
One of his most often quoted remarks is "remember to play after every storm."