I would wear a crown of laurels with pride if I were named poet laureate. After all, my name (Laurie) derives from the laurel plant, as does laureate. Long ago poets wore laurel wreaths during poetic gatherings. The wreath symbolizes victory and fame, especially after long inner struggles, which I call rejections.
I would wear that green crown with pride as I spread my love of poetry throughout the country. I'd read at commencement ceremonies, political rallies and education summits; create a curriculum for teachers and parents to use that would expose children to poetry and hopefully instill in them a love of its beauty; and welcome suggestions from fellow poets. The possibilities are endless.
I would be supportive of poets by scheduling readings and allowing for open mics where I would encourage them to keep poeming no matter what. I'd communicate with poets through social media and always strive for a nonthreatening platform where they could express their fears and concerns. I would provide positive feedback when possible.
Most importantly, I would embrace this title with humility; never bragging or acting better than anyone else. The laurel crown is where the plant meets its root... in the ground. We're all one in this circle of life. I would encourage others to join in.
Here is the poem I wrote which appears in the image:
The Laurel Wreath
Of thee a laurel crown I wear
with leaves of green embracing victory,
a circle everlasting through and through;
we are all one in love with poetry.
by laurie kolp 1o.6.11
Causes Laurie Kolp Supports
Humane Society, March of Dimes, Red Cross