A poem in your pocket or smart phone or hand

Poetry is best when it’s shared, and April 30th is National Poem in Your Pocket Day. Carry a poem or a couple of poems in your pocket and pass it on to someone else. Poem in Your Pocket Day started as an effort to introduce poetry to students in New York in 2002. Since then, it has grown into a nationwide movement encouraging folks to read and celebrate poetry.

It’s 2015, so there’s no need to limit your poem sharing efforts to slips of paper in your pocket. Tweet your poem selection using hashtag #pocketpoem, post your fave poem on Facebook or Pinterest, add a poem to your email footer, or just shout it out your window. Whatever your delivery method, the joy is in sharing that poem, maybe sparking a love of poetry in someone else. What better way to end National Poetry Month than with a poetry passed from hand to hand.

I’ll say goodbye and happy poetry month with a poem someone slipped to me this morning.

Sonnets 04: Only Until This Cigarette Is Ended
by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Only until this cigarette is ended,
A little moment at the end of all,
While on the floor the quiet ashes fall,
And in the firelight to a lance extended,
Bizarrely with the jazzing music blended,
The broken shadow dances on the wall,
I will permit my memory to recall
The vision of you, by all my dreams attended.
And then adieu,—farewell!—the dream is done.
Yours is a face of which I can forget
The color and the features, every one,
The words not ever, and the smiles not yet;
But in your day this moment is the sun
Upon a hill, after the sun has set.

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