There’s an old joke, often credited to Bob Hope, that goes something like, “I just flew in from National Poetry Month, and boy, are my arms tired.” Of course, old Twinkle Toes would have said something like New York or Los Angeles. But after a month of celebrating the joy of poetry, many of us are apt to feel just as tired as the otherwise tireless entertainer would claim to be after his long, arm-flapping flight.
So how much better can it be that the next great poetry celebration can happen practically in your sleep?
Today is Poem on Your Pillow Day!
Now you can let out a big sigh of relief and make someone’s day by sharing poetry in the dreamiest of ways: just put a poem on the pillow of a friend or loved one (and even on your child’s pillow at bedtime).
You can write out your own poem, or use one from our past celebrations’ printable Poem on Your Pillow Day collection, which includes poems for:
The Poetic Parent
The Good Friend
The Mischief Maker
The Weary Traveler
… and more!
Or if you’d rather create your own pillow poem surprises, try some of these poems:
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
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