Thursday, April 27, 2017

Day 27 ~ “Poem in Your Pocket Day” for “30 Poems in 30 Days” #NationalPoetryMonth

TODAY is “National Poem in Your Pocket Day”
Here is a little background on this day, taken from “Days of the Year” website:

“In 2002 the New York City Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education coordinated with the Mayor to create their own special commemoration for National Poetry Month, and it was through this effort that Poem In Your Pocket Day was born. Just 6 years later the Academy of American Poets trumpeted this holiday through all 50 states, encouraging the entire nation to carry a poem with them that inspired their hearts and called them to greatness, and then to share that poem with others. 2016 saw the League of Canadian Poets pick up the torch and spread it to America’s Northern Neighbor.”

And here are some ideas from “” ~

Write out your favorite poem and keep it in your pocket so that you can share it with others.

Participate in local poetry readings and events to commemorate the day.
What about writing your own bit of poetry and sharing it with others?

If you have children, why not write out a small poem and put it in their lunch box as a surprise treat?

So, for today – you are on your own. No poetic form to follow. Just enjoy the day, however you wish. Many of my poetic friends actually have picked a poem and shared it with others throughout the day – one they wrote or one they especially love. Some have written a new poem just for this day. Write away to your heart’s content – any style poetry you wish or use today to READ some poetry, rather than write some. Maybe encourage a friend or family member to try one of the poetry forms we have used during this month and see what they come up with. Whatever works for you today, is great! Enjoy!! Cheers!!

(Only three days of Poetry Month left). Kind of sad, but I hope you have developed a new love of writing poetry and will revisit these poetic forms again and again and create many more poems. Happy Poem in Your Pocket Day!!


Vicki said...

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Take some time on this very special day
To find a favorite poem for a fun holiday
It may be one that makes you laugh or smile
Or even one that makes you think a while

It can be one you've written yourself
Or one you find upon a Library shelf
Just keep it with you throughout the day
Then share with those who come your way.

Peggy Barker said...

My favorite poem since I was a teen was this one written annomously:

The Man in the Glass

When you get what you want in your struggle for self
and the world makes you king for a day
Just go to the mirror and look at yourself
and see what that man has to say

For it isn't your father or mother or wife
who judgment upon you must pass
The fellow whose verdict counts the most in your life
is the one staring back from the glass

Some people may think you a straight-shooting chum
and call you a wonderful guy
But the guy in the glass says you're only a bum
if you can't look him straight in the eye

He's the fellow to please never mind all the rest
for he's with you clear up to the end
And you've passed your most dangerous difficult test
if the man in the glass is your friend

You may fool the whole world down the pathway
of life and get pats on the back as pass
But your final reward will be heartaches and
tears if you've cheated the man in the glass.
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Heidi Murphy said...

Welp. I wrote one. It was faster than finding someone elses in the mindset I'm out of. Read the poem and you'll understand why...:o)