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.

Happy “Poem in your Pocket” Day!

Thanks to blog reader Talia for bringing this to my attention — I’d never heard of Poem in Your Pocket day, but her sharp ears caught a mention of it on NPR this morning.  Click here to read the transcript or listen to the audio clip.

The idea is to carry a favorite poem in your pocket today, and share it with friends and people you meet.  How fun!  Count me in — here’s one of my favorites for this time of year that I’ll happily share with you:

[In Just-]

by e. e. cummings

in Just-
spring          when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman

whistles          far          and wee

and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it’s

when the world is puddle-wonderful

the queer
old balloonman whistles
far          and             wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing

from hop-scotch and jump-rope and



balloonMan          whistles

Portland is definitely “puddle-wonderful” this time of year!  You can read more about Poem in Your Pocket Day here, and feel free to share a favorite poem with us in the comments below.