Poem in Your Pocket Day
Poetry readers across the country are celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day this week, each folding a poem and carrying it, you guessed it, in their pockets. We don’t want you to be caught poem-less, so we’ve pulled together ten short poems from Every Day Poems (unless your pocket is very large, you probably don’t want to fold and carry The Wasteland in it). Choose one to copy and keep with you all day. You might even take out your poem and read it to a friend or coworker.
then for a moment
The first bite
is all I want
Whatever’s caught inside wanting out, as a sound
is stuttered before the word’s pronounced.
maybe start talking say I like those
dangly things on your ears they’re called earrings
I know that and while you’re talking get out a bowl
It is the wings that take the damage,
not the hollow, honeycomb bones,
Make my clothes dripping,
and make them organ and smoke.
Make me an outfit with mutable bloom,
You spin, and the whole world turns
upside down. Roots become growth
Night from a railroad car window
Is a great, dark, soft thing
Broken across with slashes of light.
9. Laundry Love
is tangled shirts
the hem of a skirt
10. a path of leaves
a path of leaves
Photo by Derrick Collins. Creative Commons license via Flickr.
With a subscription to Every Day Poems, you could have a poem (paired with beautiful art and photography) in your pocket every day. Or, at least in your inbox.