Poem In Your Pocket Day

IMG_0740Today is Poem In Your Pocket Day. The idea is simple: pick a poem you like and put it in your pocket. Then, throughout the day, as you run into friends and family, share it. The Academy of American Poets has some more ideas about how you can celebrate on their website.

The poem I chose today is by a 13th century Persian poet named Rumi (Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī). Here it is:

Spring Giddiness

By Rumi

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the doorsill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.
I would love to kiss you.
The price of kissing is your life.
Now my loving is running toward my life shouting,
What a bargain, let’s buy it.

Daylight, full of small dancing particles
and the one great turning, our souls
are dancing with you, without feet, they dance.
Can you see them when I whisper in your ear?
All day and night, music,
a quiet, bright
reedsong. If it
fades, we fade.

How about you? Are you celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day? What’s your favorite poem?

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