Is That a Poem in Your Pocket or Are You Glad to See Me?

Levi's 506 jeans, front pocket with watch pocket.

Levi's 506 jeans, front pocket with watch pocket. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As a part of the month-long celebration of National Poetry Month, today is “Poem in Your Pocket Day”. According to the Academy of American Poets …”The idea is simple: select a poem you love during National Poetry Month then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, and friends. You can also share your poem selection on Twitter by using the hashtag #pocketpoem.”

As you know, I am not averse to verse; I am a purveyor of poetics, a lover of lyrical literature.  A rhymin’ writer, a … okay, okay.  You get the picture.

So in honor of Poem in Your Pocket Day, I offer the following:

I’ve got something for you
You cannot refuse it
I’ve a Poem in My Pocket
And I’m not afraid to use it.

So if you comment here today
Thank you for your time.
Won’t you leave a poem for me?
Yours truly, in rhyme.


The Poem in My Pocket :

Touched by An Angel by Maya Angelou

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love’s light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.


Filed under General Mumblings, humor, Poems, Poetry and Poem-etry

22 responses to “Is That a Poem in Your Pocket or Are You Glad to See Me?

  1. LKD

    I use my pocket poem as a bookmark that is now lost amongst my many, many books. I like it that way. There’s a poem in there somewhere.

  2. Good morning (or afternoon, I guess for you). Thanks for stopping by. What is your pocket poem, by the way?

  3. I like your poem.
    Yes, I do.
    Almost as much
    As the one by Maya Angelou

  4. I didn’t even know it was National Poetry Month. Where have I been all these week?

    Poem in my pocket?
    Hell, don’t knock it!


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  6. Reblogged this on Step On A Crack…Or Break Your Mother's Back and commented:

    Poem in Your Pocket Day has arrived!
    I am printing my Poems now.
    Oh Yeah. Spreading Poem Love All Day Long!
    k8edid Posts this on
    Poem in Your Pocket Day…

    LOVE the title k8edid!

    Beware: we are out there today.
    Will you join us?

    Peace and Poetry, Jen

  7. Deborah the Closet Monster

    never read that poem by angelou
    upon concluding it, thankful that you
    have shared it

  8. In all honesty, I am not much of a poetry fan. But I do like what you wrote and posted. However, when I saw the picture, I had to slap my hand over my mouth to keep from bursting out in laughter here at work. Then I’d be giving myself up as playing and not working.

    • I love writing post titles, probably more than the posts themselves. Thanks for reading (sorry no poem I am running on about 3 hours of sleep and it is too late for me). Glad you enjoyed.

  9. I didn’t know it was National Poem Month either BUT, I LOVE your title: Is That a Poem in Your Pocket or are You Happy to See Me?

    That’s an attention getter.

  10. —-I do not have a poem inside my pocket, but I have one upon my lips and inside my heart.

    Xxxx Kissssssssssss

  11. What is up with WordPress?
    I’ve missed another post!
    They’d better fix my reader soon
    They are such a bad host.

    I love Maya Angelou
    Her poems make me smile
    But I love yours too
    They beat my poems by a mile.

    • I know, I know!!!
      What a pain it is
      To have to track bloggers
      What’s up with this biz?

      I’ve missed some good ones
      It’s driving me crazy
      I’d stalk all my favorites
      But I’m just so lazy!

      I’m glad you like the poem
      I thought it was nice.
      Your poems are so funny
      I can’t read them twice!

  12. I’m behind in my writing and behind in my reading.
    I’m stuck far behind, when I’d rather be leading.

    Oh, and I’m on a smoothie fast; no solid food here.
    Just bloating and gas; it stinks. so stay clear.

    It’s late K8, and I’m tired. This poem’s not my best.
    Perhaps I’ll do better after a good night’s rest.

    I enjoyed your post. I love when you rhyme.
    I look forward to more – at another time.

    • It’s hard when we get behind
      That catching up can be unkind.
      Well, Lenore, please get some rest
      SUrely then, you’ll rhyme your best.

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