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Poem in your Pocket Day

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Happy Poem in your pocket Day!!!! On Poem in Your Pocket Day, people throughout the United States select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day. 



I chose this poem simply because it speaks to me at the moment. 

PROMISE ME

Promise me 
you will not spend 
so much time
treading water
and trying to keep 
your head above the waves
that you forget,
truly forget, 
how much you have always
loved
to swim

-Tyler Knott Gregson


These poems were also in the running



IN PERPETUAL SPRING

Gardens are also good places
to sulk. You pass beds of
spiky voodoo lilies   
and trip over the roots   
of a sweet gum tree,   
in search of medieval   
plants whose leaves,   
when they drop off   
turn into birds
if they fall on land,
and colored carp if they   
plop into water.


Suddenly the archetypal   
human desire for peace   
with every other species   
wells up in you. The lion   

and the lamb cuddling up.

The snake and the snail, kissing.

Even the prick of the thistle,   
queen of the weeds, revives   
your secret belief
in perpetual spring,
your faith that for every hurt   
there is a leaf to cure it.

-Amy Gerstler



CRUSH

Tell me about the dream where we pull the bodies out of the lake
and dress them in warm clothes again.
How it was late, and no one could sleep, the horses running
until they forget that they are horses.
It’s not like a tree where the roots have to end somewhere,
it’s more like a song on a policeman’s radio,
how we rolled up the carpet so we could dance, and the days
were bright red, and every time we kissed there was another apple
to slice into pieces.
Look at the light through the windowpane. That means it’s noon, that means
we're inconsolable.
Tell me how all this, and love too, will ruin us.
These, our bodies, possessed by light.
Tell me we’ll never get used to it.” 

-Richard Siken 


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