April is National Poetry Month and next Thursday, April 18th is Poem in Your Pocket Day! We are excited to announce we’ll be celebrating school-wide for the first time and encourage everyone to join in the fun. The idea is simple: pick a favorite short poem and share it with people all day. You can memorize and recite it, hand it out on little slips of paper, tape it to a parking meter, tuck it in a mailbox…the possibilities are endless!
To get you started, I’ve attached 33 fantastic poems, or you can pick (or even write!) your own. Kids, parents, teachers-—all are invited to take part! I will also have a poster board with “pockets” full of poems at the library where people can help themselves if they need one. In the meantime, here’s a wonderful poem to inspire you:
by Shel Silverstein
There is a voice inside of you
That whispers all day long,
“I feel that this is right for me,
I know that this is wrong.”
No teacher, preacher, parent, friend
Or wise man can decide
What’s right for you—just listen to
The voice that speaks inside.
-Mrs. Neville, HPA Librarian