Poem in Your Pocket Day – April 30th

My sister wrote to remind me that April 30th (tomorrow) is Poem in Your Pocket Day.

Don’t have a poem?

You can download one from the American Academy of Poets site right here

When I taught in a K-8 school, I had a basket of poems for the office counter with a sign, TAKE ONE.

I read a poem a day over the PA for the K-2 morning announcements for the month of April, National Poetry Month.

Sometimes the poem taker would put back the poem they selected in search of one that spoke to them.

Tonight I printed out The Pasture by Robert Frost. Put it in my denim blazer pocket.

When I was in the third grade (1960) I had to memorize and recite it at the end of the year “stepping up” ceremony.

Mary is going to have one of our mother’s favorite- Walt Whitman’s Elegy- When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed

What poem will you have in your pocket to read and share?






13 thoughts on “Poem in Your Pocket Day – April 30th

  1. When I was in high school, I had to memorize William Blake’s
    Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
    In the forests of the night,
    What immortal hand or eye
    Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
    This is not a short poem but to this day I remember every word.

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  3. Trees by Joyce Kilmer – I had to memorize it in 3rd grade. Since it was Earth Day last week I thought it appropriate. “I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree. . . .”

  4. Recently I spent a few days with friends. Together we watched a movie based on a story by Edgar Allen Poe. My memory was triggered and I began reciting his poem “Annabel Lee.” “It was many, and many a year ago in a kingdom by the sea. That a maiden there lived whom you may know by the name of Annabel Lee . . .”

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