April 30 – Poem in Your Pocket Day

Posted on April 30, 2015

Today is the last day of National Poetry Month. Many people celebrate it by carrying a poem with them everywhere they go today, and sharing it throughout the day with family, friends, acquaintances, even strangers!

For pocket-fitting and sharing purposes, I think people would be wise to carry about rather short poems!

Some towns do more for Poem in Your Pocket Day. For example, Charlottesville, Virginia, has street teams that hand out poem scrolls to shoppers and distribute poem scrolls to the local hospital, children's museum, senior centers and nursing homes, libraries, and even downtown businesses.

Some libraries and schools and coffeeshops hold poetry readings or poetry "slams."

Some people tweet their poems or post short poems on their blogs or social media pages.

That's what I am going to do. Here are some of my favorite pocket-sized poems:

Consider making pocket pouches to
hold poems.
Nothing Gold Can Stay
by Robert Frost

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking
by Emily Dickinson
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

by Anais Nin
And then the day came,
when the risk
to remain tight
in a bud
was more painful
than the risk
it took
to Blossom.

Watch your thoughts,
For they become words.
Watch your words,
For they become actions.
Watch your habits,
For they become character.
Watch your character,
For it becomes your destiny.
  • Lao Tzu

To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live.
Hans Christian Anderson

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