Part of the joy of poetry is the way that a poem can surprise, going in an unexpected direction, using an image in an uncommon way, or popping in an ending that makes a reader catch her breath. And that’s why Poem on Your Pillow Day is a time to celebrate the joy of poetry by creating delightful surprises for the people around you.
Poem on Your Pillow Day falls on the first Tuesday in May, which means it’s coming up on May 3, 2016. To celebrate, you could quietly slip a poem onto the pillow of a friend, a guest or lover. You can even bring delight to a child with a poem on their pillow at bedtime. Write out your own poem, or use one from our beautiful printable collection, which includes poems for:
The Poetic Parent
The Good Friend
The Mischief Maker
The Weary Traveler
… and more!
If you’d rather create your own pillow poem surprises, try some of these poems:
Share photos of your pillow poems with us on Twitter at @tspoetry
Rose photo by L.L. Barkat, used with permission. Poem on Your Pillow photo by Kelly Sauer, used with permission.
“Megan Willome’s The Joy of Poetry is not a long book, but it took me longer to read than I expected, because I kept stopping to savor poems and passages, to make note of books mentioned, and to compare Willome’s journey into poetry to my own. The book is many things. An unpretentious, funny, and poignant memoir. A defense of poetry, a response to literature that has touched her life, and a manual on how to write poetry. It’s also the story of a daughter who loses her mother to cancer. The author links these things into a narrative much like that of a novel. I loved this book. As soon as I finished, I began reading it again.”
—David Lee Garrison, author of Playing Bach in the D. C. Metro