Thursday, April 26, 2012

Happy PIP Day!

PIP, PIP Horray!
By Melinda Harvey

It's Poem in Pocket day today!
 Hooray! Hooray! 
So pick a poem and read away!  
Hooray! Hooray!
Eat your lunch at the rhyme buffet! 
Hooray! Hooray!
Stuff yourself with rich word play!  
Hooray! Hooray! 

     I didn't mean to, but I wrote two poems today!  (I think that's a good thing as I was one poem behind!)  It's a special day today...Poem in Pocket day!  Today is the day that everyone, not just wacky teachers and passionate bloggers, but everyone, is encouraged to carry in their pocket a favorite poem.  That poem should then be shared randomly with friends, loved ones, or strangers.  Read more about this "holiday" at this NPR link.
    In respect of PIP day, I abandoned my commitment to a new form each day.  I could stretch it and call the above poem a repeating poem.  The poem below could probably count as a list poem.  So for all of you keeping track, I have kept my challenge.  However, it was a treat today to simply write down the ditty that was humming through my head!  Below, you will see the poem that will be in my pocket today. If I am lucky enough to see you, I will share it with you.  If not, I share it with you here!

What's in your Pocket
By Melinda Harvey

Some dryer lint, 
a ticket stub
A comb to fix your hair

A piece of gum
a paper clip
A trinket from the fair

A dirty spoon
a ball point pen
a paper with a prayer

The best thing for your pocket 
is a poem that you can share.

     Today is also "Pay it Forward" day...a day where we are all encouraged to do a random act of kindness.  Beyond sharing a poem, consider surprising someone you don't know well with a kind deed, word or action!  I hope I see enough good today to inspire my poem tomorrow!  Join me in creating a positive ripple of poems and kindness today!


  1. Melinda, I *heart* "What's in Your Pocket." Thank you! a.

  2. Bravo Melinda! A great list poem, with a beat and a surprise ending. Perfect PIP Day poem. Lucky me I got a room on a high floor with a beautiful view of Chicago sights like Lake Michigan to start and Grant Park and the pier all lit up at night. Makes me think of summer and carnivals even though it is nippy here, too. Did you have snow on the ground this morning? I think I should try a list poem tomorrow. I wrote a poem in the airport and found a nice poem in the on-board AA magazine. Someone wrote a comment saying they needed to have more poetry in the magazine!!! So we should help them out. If I was still teaching I would be writing a poem of joy and celebration that the testing is done!!!
    I am going to miss your poems in May.