Poem in Your Pocket Day

Have a favorite poem?  Today’s a great day to share it — it’s National Poem in Your Pocket Day!

Here’s a long-time favorite of mine.  It’s by Gerard Manley Hopkins.


Glory be to God for dappled things –
   For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
      For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
   Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough;
      And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
   Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
      With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
                                Praise him.

9 thoughts on “Poem in Your Pocket Day”

  1. I don’t remember all of it by heart but I love Daffodils and Do not go gentle. I LOVE jabberwocky (is that how you spell it? Hahaha) the language in it is… Confusing but it also sounds so fun and happy, but at the same time it is dark.

  2. we did poem in your pocket at school. our library put out fake pockets everywhere and they all had copies of poems in them to take. it was really cool. i got 2

  3. My favorite poem is “This Is Just To Say” by Mr. William Carlos Williams. It goes like this: “I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast. Forgive me,they were delicious so sweet and so cold.” And that’s the part I read in “The Sisters Club.” There may be more. I’m just not sure.

  4. I really like this Poem:
    One bright morning in the middle of the night two dead boys got up to fight.
    Back to back they faced each other drew their swords and shot each other.
    A deaf police man heard the noise and ran to save the two dead boys.
    If you don’t believe this lie is true
    Ask the blind man he saw it too!
    I also like Abdul Abulbul Amir by Percy French.

  5. We did national poem week @ our school. This means I been reading this blog for more that an entire year, I remember this post last year! : ) right now I love “el dorado” by Edgar Allan Poe. Here’s a bit:
    “But as his strength
    Failed him at length
    He met a pilgrim shadow:
    “Shadow,” said he
    “Where can it be-
    This land of el dorado?”
    “Over the mountains of the moon
    Down the valley of the shadow
    Ride, boldly ride,” the shade replied,
    “If you seek for el dorado.”

  6. My favorite poem is the one called My Beth in Little Women…in the chapter called The Valley of the Shadow. It was so sweet!! 🙂 I would type it in here (I think I have it memorized!) but it’s pretty long! 🙂

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