Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Poem In Your Pocket

I love me my Longfellow.
Today is National Poem in Your Pocket Day, a function of National Poetry Month. How to choose which one? Maybe write a quick haiku? I finally chose "The Rainy Day," by Longfellow, a favorite from my angsty early teens. I made a few extra copies and gave them to some teacher friends.

The Rainy Day 

by Longfellow

The day is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark and dreary.

My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering Past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,
And the days are dark and dreary.

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

I chose to celebrate  Poem in Your Pocket Day early because it is also my birthday!

Need to find your poem? Check out the Poetry Foundation:

Or you could just whip out a haiku.


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