Poem in Your Pocket Day 2021

You may know that April is National Poetry Month, but did you know that 2021 is the twenty-fifth anniversary of this annual celebration?

Today, Thursday April 29, is “Poem in Your Pocket” Day. The Academy of American Poets encourages poetry lovers to share a poem virtually this year. Select a poem and share it on social media using the hashtag #PocketPoem.

I am choosing to share here the poem “Allow” by Danna Faulds


There is no controlling life.
Try corralling a lightning bolt
containing a tornado.  Dam a
stream and it will create a new
channel.  Resist, and the tide
will sweep you off your feet.
Allow, and grace will carry
you to higher ground.  The only
safety lies in letting it all in –
the wild and the weak; fear
fantasies, failures and success.
When loss rips off the doors of
the heart, or sadness veils your
vision with despair, practice
becomes simply bearing the truth.
In the choice to let go of your
known way of being, the whole
world is revealed to your new eyes.

Please consider sharing a poem you love or that inspires you with a friend today, either directly or via social media.