National Poem in Your Pocket Day

The Academy of American Poets started this tradition in 2008 to recognize poetry and American poets. Carry a favorite poem in your pocket and pull it out and read it on this day. You can read it aloud outside your own front door, to co-workers, or in some public place, regardless of how unexpected it might be!

Perhaps you’ll choose something serious or emotionally moving. I like those that ring with thought or philosophy or downright silly humor. Let me share 3 little gems with you on National Poem in Your Pocket Day. They all come from Americans born in the 1800’s… Humor and insight are indeed ageless.

“My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends—
It gives a lovely light!”

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892 – 1950)
American poet



“I’m nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there’s a pair of us – don’t tell!
They’d banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!”

Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886)
American Poet

“I never saw a Purple Cow,
I never hope to see one,
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I’d rather see than be one!”

— Gelett Burgess (1866 – 1951)
American artist


About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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