Thursday, April 24, 2014

DAY TWENTY-FOUR!! Celebrating "Poem in Your Pocket Day" for #NationalPoetryMonth + #‎pocketpoem‬

Just a heads up - I won't be sharing any guidelines on what type of poem to write today - but I DO hope your write one ~ using any method you choose; perhaps about poetry, or not ... up to you. I also hope you can choose a favorite poem, print it off and share it with others today. Fun stuff!!

 (cute poem pocket pic found at  
Thanks, Mrs. Gilchrist!!)

So, WHAT is "Poem in Your Pocket Day?"

The idea is simple: select a poem that you love during National Poetry Month then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, and friends. Poems from pockets will be unfolded throughout the day with events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces, and bookstores across the nation.

Check out this article from the Examiner about "Poem in Your Pocket Day" 

~ there's a hashtag for your social media today: #‎pocketpoem‬

Here are some ideas on HOW to celebrate "Poem in Your Pocket Day" (PIYP) ~ taken from an article found at

In this age of mechanical and digital reproduction, it's easy to carry a poem, share a poem, or start your own PIYP day event. Here are some ideas of how you might get involved:

  • Start a "poems for pockets" give-a-way in your school or workplace
  • Urge local businesses to offer discounts for those carrying poems
  • Post pocket-sized verses in public places
  • Hand-write some lines on the back of your business cards
  • Start a street team to pass out poems in your community
  • Distribute bookmarks with your favorite immortal lines
  • Add a poem to your email footer
  • Post a poem on your blog or social networking page
  • Project a poem on a wall, inside or out
  • Text a poem to friends

  • Help expand the list: send your ideas to

    HERE Is the poem I will have in my pocket today - there are SO many to choose from but I've always liked this one on friendship:

    To A Friend

    You entered my life in a casual way,
    And saw at a glance what I needed;
    There were others who passed me or met me each day,
    But never a one of them heeded.
    Perhaps you were thinking of other folks more,
    Or chance simply seemed to decree it;
    I know there were many such chances before,
    But the others--well, they didn't see it.
    You said just the thing that I wished you would say,
    And you made me believe that you meant it;
    I held up my head in the old gallant way,
    And resolved you should never repent it.
    There are times when encouragement means such a lot,
    And a word is enough to convey it;
    There were others who could have, as easy as not—
    But, just the same, they didn't say it.
    There may have been someone who could have done more
    To help me along, though I doubt it;
    What I needed was cheering, and always before
    They had let me plod onward without it.
    You helped to refashion the dreams of my heart,
    And made me turn eagerly to it;
    There were others who might have (I question that part)—
    But, after all, they didn't do it!

    © Grace Stricker Dawson (found in the 1936 edition of "Best Loved Poems of the American People")


    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    DAY TWENTY-THREE!! "Clerihew Poem" for 30 Poems in 30 Days" #NationalPoetryMonth

    DAY TWENTY-THREE – Clerihew Poem

    BTW, you may want to look up “Poem in Your Pocket Day” – because, it’s TOMORROW, April 24th – this is an annual event – CARRY a POEM IN YOUR POCKET THAT DAY – I’ll post on it tomorrow but thought you might want to research it a bit on your own today so you’ll be ready!!

    Okay, so WHAT are clerihew poems? FUNNY POEMS ABOUT PEOPLE YOU KNOW!! (Or not! You can write a clerihew poem about anyone ~
    But they ARE funny FOUR-LINE poems about SPECIFIC people ~

    Here’s what you do:

    There is a little bit of rhyming at the END* going on BUT you don’t have to 
    worry about counting beats, words or syllables – no set rhythm at all this time.

    FOUR lines:
    The FIRST line NAMES the person
    * AND the endings of lines 1 and 2 need to rhyme with each other.
    Then tell something fun about them and make the last line funny
    * AND the endings of lines 3 and 4 need to rhyme with each other. 

    Remember, a clerihew poem should be funny.

    My sweet, good husband works hard and plays hard and then crashes on the
    couch – we have DOZENS of photos of him asleep. I wrote this clerihew poem a 
    few years ago, but I still love it and so I’ll share it as my example.

                              They say Jim Abney is one of the good ol’ boys,
                              To make him happy, just share your toys.
                              He likes to wrestle, laugh and leap,
                              But by afternoon, he falls asleep! 
                                                      © 2011 Stephanie Abney

     Enjoy! YOUR TURN!!

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    DAY TWENTY-TWO "Nature Color Poem" for 30 Poems in 30 Days" #NationalPoetryMonth

    Let's write a Nature Color Poem ~

    OK, here's one you may have not heard of. It's fun and made up of a series of couplets (depending on how long you want it - or even just one couplet if you choose to only do one color).

    A nature color poem tells all about the color of something in nature using rhyme. 
    I thought it might be fun since today, April 22, 2014 is EARTH DAY!
    It is made up of couplets. The first word in each couplet is the color of something in nature. The two ending words in each couple are the words that need to rhyme and both lines should have the same number of syllables or beats.


    Here's an example, a really silly, LAME example:

    Green blades of grass beckon to me.
    Oh, wait, I've got an allergy.

    Sorry - I have to run - have an appointment but you get the idea. Plus you can make it longer as long as each couplet has a color for the first word of the first line and they are the same beat and each couplet has an ending rhyme. Cheers!!

    Monday, April 21, 2014

    DAY TWENTY-ONE!! "Onomatopoeia Poem" for "30 Poems in 30 Days" #NationalPoetryMonth

    Day Twenty-one!! Onomatopoeia Poems

    Let’s have some fun today. My students LOVED it when we created “Onomatopoeia poems.”

    I’m a word nerd – I just LOVE words; the sounds, the meanings, the etymology of words and more. I really love words that seem to roll off your tongue, so to speak (pun intended).

    Here’s a favorite word that I think ROLLS off the tongue: “ONOMATOPOEIA” ~ Doesn’t that just sound cool? It also DEALS with words that SOUND like sounds by imitating that sound. (Yeah, I really did just say “sound” three times in that sentence – hard to replace it).

    Or, in other words, the naming of a thing or action by the vocal imitation of the sound associated with it.

    Some examples: cuckoo, hiss, meow, crunch, boom, creak, bam, moo, fizz, quack, swish, buzz, patter, splatter, pop, thud, whimper, etc.

    Nursery rhymes frequently use onomatopoeia words.

    You may already have some great ideas for your onomatopoeia poem. If not, peruse this list (link below) of onomatopoeia words and see if some jump out at you and start creating!! Have fun.

    The ONLY requirement for this poetry form is that you load up your poem with onomatopoeia words – (well, you really don’t even have to “load up” on onomatopoeia words, JUST INCLUDE THEM), no limits or guidelines as to how many lines, syllables or whether or not it rhymes. That part is all up to you. Enjoy!!!!

    List of onomatopoeia words: Onomatopoeia Word List ~ just click on any letter for a list of words starting with that letter.

    You’ll want to check out this great link ~ Funny Poems for Free - Onomatopoeia

    In fact, if you have been enjoying our poetry challenge and/or if you are a teacher, you will find the entire site at “funny poems for free” to be most useful: Funny Poems for Free - Home page

    Go ahead and get started ~ I’ll post this for now. But after I write my own onomatopoeia poem – I’ll come back and amend this and post it. Cheers!!