Celebrate Poetry with Poem in Your Pocket Day

Have fun with Poem in Your Pocket Day, opens a new window this year! Copy out a favorite short poem or a stanza from something longer, and then stick it in your pocket. Find someone to share it with, or just pull it out to reread through the day on April 26. Here are some fun ideas to get you started.



Stack by stack,
shelf by shelf,
I pick out books
all by myself.Page by page,
line by line,
word by word,
I make books mine.


With a wave of a card
like a wizard’s right hand—
and an alphabet-alchemy,


Author: Jane Yolen



The biggest
On the library shelf
Is when you suddenly
Find yourself
Inside a book—
(The hidden you)You wonder how
The author knew.


Author: Beverly McLoughland

Excerpt from Phenomenal Woman


Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.


Author: Maya Angelou


For books with short poems try these from the Tacoma Library collection:

Pocket Poems

More Pocket Poems

A Poem in your Pocket

Use social media? Share a poem using the hashtag #pocketpoem