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Poem in Your Pocket Day!

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Reading to the Core


Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day. This celebration of poetry began in 2003 in New York City. The American Academy of Poets and other organizations have been promoting this day nationally since 2008. The idea is simple. Keep a poem in you pocket, then share it with others throughout the day.

My school is closed for spring break this week, so we will have our own Poem in Your Pocket day next week. But I couldn’t let the day go by without sharing a poem. Here is one of my favorites.


For someone to read a poem

again, and again, and then,

having lifted it from page

to brain–the easy part–

cradle it on the longer trek

from brain all the way to heart.

by Linda Sue Park


(from Tap Dancing on the Roof: Sijo Poems, illustrated by Istvan Banyai, Clarion Books, 2007)

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A patch of warm dirt
in the afternoon sun
long grass as an escape route
a moat in front
what more could a cat want…

I can see you

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Girly Dreams



I Looked behind

And discerned

Someone that

I not once surmised

To envision at that instant.

I spoke with time

Thus it would stop

For me to observe

The endeavorer

Accessing my life.

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Maggie Thatcher – Your favourite poem


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She was known as the Iron Lady
a name she liked to revel in
as she was a strong and forthright leader
three elections she went on to win.
But she wasn’t liked by all
and the Miners despise her name
she upset the Unions as well
so like the Pit Men their hatred is the same.
Yet she survived a bomb in Brighton
and sent our troops off to war
she wouldn’t let the Argies have the Falklands
and their soldiers surrended by the score.
She’s now getting a funeral fit for a Queen
the like not seen since Churchills in Sixty Five
Statesmen from around the world are attending
as it’s shown on our televisions live.
Personally I never really liked her
as at times she appeared to have no heart
yet I did admire her strength of conviction
but I’ll never forget how she tore my City apart. 

Kevin Halls
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