If you're lamenting the end of National Poetry Month, don't fret. Today is National Poem In Your Pocket Day.
The celebration is as self-explanatory as it sounds -- Whether you're a fan of classic works or lyrical music, print out or write down a poem you admire and carry it in your pocket to share with your peers.
The event was created by the City of New York in 2002, and became a nationwide festivity in 2009.
In the past, librarians have distributed poems to local hospitals in Charlottesville, Virginia, and winesellers in San Fransisco, California handed out books of short poems to shoppers.
According to NPR,people across the country are celebrating in unique ways this year. A sandwich vendor in Charlottesville, Virginia is putting poems in the sack lunches, rather than the customary chocolate chip cookie. A third-grade teacher in Pennsylvania had her students sew pockets on their shirts since many have no easily accessible pockets.
Poets.org recommends handwriting "some lines on the back of your business cards" or distributing "bookmarks with your favorite immortal lines."
If you're at a loss for which lines you'd like to share, here are a few printable poems from Poets.org:
- "A Carafe, That Is Blind Glass" by Gertrude Stein
- "This Living Hand" by John Keats
- "The Pasture" by Robert Frost
- "Smoke" by Henry David Thoreau
- "Peace On Earth" by William Carlos Williams
Which poem are you carrying in your pocket? Let us know in the comments!