Thursday, April 18, 2013

national poem in your pocket day

 thursday, april 18th is poem in your pocket day.  
if you have children, here's a place to find some fun and beautiful choices - 
caroline kennedy's poems to learn by heart.
 the illustrations by jon j much are soft and energetic.  
 this poem is called "ode to pablo's tennis shoes", by gary soto.
my copy is dog-eared with poems to share in the classroom.  

if you don't have time to find a poem for your pocket, just copy this down, put it in your jacket, and share with everyone you meet.  you just might find others who are celebrating today.

Bee!  I'm expecting you!
Emily Dickinson

Bee!  I'm expecting you!
Was saying Yesterday
To Somebody you know
That you were due--

The Frogs got Home last Week --
Are settled, and at work --
Birds, mostly back --
The Clover warm and thick --

You'll get my Letter by
The seventeenth; Reply
Or better, be with me --
Yours, Fly.

this poem by neal levin is another you might choose - 

Baby Ate a Microchip
Baby ate a microchip,
Then grabbed a bottle, took a sip.
He swallowed it and made a beep,
And now he's thinking pretty deep.

He's downloading his ABCs
And calculating 1-2-3s.
He's memorizing useless facts
While doing Daddy's income tax.

He's processing, and now he thrives
On feeding his internal drives.
He's throwing fits, and now he fights
With ruthless bits and toothless bytes.

He must be feeling very smug.
But hold on, Baby caught a bug.
Attempting to reboot in haste,
He accidentally got erased!

new york city is celebrating, see here, and you will find more information here.

poetic beauty.
if you have a poem in your pocket today, feel free to share it in comments.
joy to you!


  1. Oh Noreen! These are wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing them. We've had such a crazy week here that I didn't get to check your blog this morning. Check blogs? I didn't even get to get dressed beyond work-out clothes. Does tomorrow count? ;)

  2. Noreen, these illustrations are lovely! April 18th is also my dad's birthday. Happy poem in your pocket day xx

  3. Thank you for the poems, Noreen. It reminds me how much I love reading poems and that I should make more time to read them. I'm going to see if my neighborhood library has this one in stock. The illustrations are so beautiful.


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