“Every day is some kind of holiday with librarians.” My partner says this or some variation on it whenever I mention that it’s National Whatever Day or Whatever Awareness Day, which I do fairly often. I can’t really argue. There’s always something to celebrate, and you can always count on a librarian or a teacher to do just that. I don’t think it’s just me. :)
Today happens to be one of my favorite celebrations: Poem in Your Pocket Day. It is the day I choose a small poem for each member of my family to carry with them. The Academy of American Poets encourages people everywhere to carry #pocketpoems on Poem in Your Pocket Day. The organization has lofty goals like promoting art appreciation and getting poetry into the media. I think that’s wonderful, but my intention is more down-to-earth. I just want to bring my family into my world. I fell in love with poetry a long time ago, and it is very important to me. I don’t read it or write it as much as I would like anymore, but I still feel a strong connection to the art. It’s a connection that I want to share with my partner and my daughter. Even if they don’t take their poems out of their pockets all day, they are there. Maybe the words will seep into their souls just by being close to them.
The best holidays are the quiet ones, in my opinion. Poem in Your Pocket Day is just right.
Of course, any day might be a good day for a pocket poem. For kids’ poetry, check out The Poem Farm in which poet Amy Ludwig Vanderwater shares poems and other fun stuff.