Like Sunlight

Saturday, June 5, 2010 Posted by

After the white and pink blossoms fall

golden mustard combs the orchard and spreads

across the fence like sunlight.

The roadside is inhabited by faith.

In a vacant lot

between tall  buildings this upcoming yellow

grows tall as a forest.

Redwing-blackbirds sing canticles there.

(first published in California Quarterly)

Keep A Poem In Your Pocket

Monday, April 5, 2010 Posted by

April is national poetry month and Thursday, April 29, is National Poem In Your Pocket Day.  The idea is simple: some time this month pick a poem you love and then on the 29th, carry it with you to share with co-workers, family and friends.  You can make multiple copies to give out or simply share by reading it out loud. Even better, memorize your poem and share it. Text a poem to friends or send an e-mail.

Poem In Your Pocket Day has been celebrated each April in New York City since 2002.  Even the Mayor get in on the festivities, reading a poem on the radio.

A bit of history: Poems have been stowed in pockets in a variety of ways from the commonplace books of the Renaissance to the pocket-sized publications for the army soldiers in World War II.

www.poets.org is a great source for poems.

– Ap

Keep A Poem In Your Pocket
by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers

Keep a poem in your pocket
And a picture in your head
And you’ll never feel lonely
At night when you’re in bed.

The little poem will sing to you
The little poem bring to you
A dozen dreams to dance to you
At night when you’re in bed.

So…
Keep a picture in your pocket
And a poem in your head
And you’ll never feel lonely
At night when you’re in bed.

K