Today is one of my favorite days…it’s Poem In Your Pocket Day!
It’s a day to carry a poem with you… and perhaps you will even then invite poetry into the remaining days of the year.
I debated about what poem should I share this month. I contemplated Joyce Kilmer’s Tree’s or Carl Sandburg’s Fog… poems that my grandfather loved deeply. I also considered one of the many poems by Derek Walcott. So many choices. Really. There are literally hundreds of poems one could pick to put in your pocket today and not one a bad choice!
But earlier this month I heard a poem by Jane Kenyon and it has stayed with me. I have thought about her words almost daily, and have since printed it out and put in my journal. I have contemplated the words as I began my April chores in the garden – and especially when I saw those rhubarb leaves as they thought their way up through the soil… a certain sign of spring.
I think this poem will fit well in your pocket… enjoy!
When I take the chilly tools
from the shed’s darkness, I come
out to a world made new
by heat and light.
The snake basks and dozes
on a large flat stone.
It reared and scolded me
for raking too close to its hole.
Like a mad red brain
the involute rhubarb leaf
thinks its way up
Jane Kenyon, “April Chores” from Collected Poems. Copyright © 2005 by The Estate of Jane Kenyon.
Please make sure you stop and visit Kym, Bonny, and Sarah today to see what they have for you to tuck into your pocket as well. I cannot thing of a better thing to fill your pockets with than a handful of poems!
Thank you all so much for reading along with this month… and especially I’d like to thank Kym for including me!
See you all here tomorrow!
I feel like Jane Kenyon might have been with me while I was doing chores earlier in April. She expresses it all so well, from the chilly tools to the crinkly, wrinkly rhubarb emergence. I will probably think of them as mad red brains from now on. Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem, Kat!
What a perfect April poem, Kat! (I just love Jane Kenyon. Like Mary Oliver, she always gets it just right.) Thanks for sharing your love of poetry – and some of your favorite poems – with all of us this month. XO
Perfection! Sometimes it’s the simplest of things that have the biggest impact. Thank you for this and all the poems you’ve shared this month!
What a wonderful poem (she said…despite the SNAKE in it). And, our rhubarb is thriving in this weird weather with leaves as big as platters already! (Guess I need to get some strawberries and make a pie.) I am not really familiar with Jane Kenyon, but I will certainly explore more of her poems. Thanks for sharing this one Kat (despite the snake…) LOL
All the images of spring do make for lovely poems … thank you for the ones you shared here, Kat!
growing up my dad had a big garden (and still does) and that poem reminds me of him doing his yard tasks. (and he had rhubarb!) Lovely poem!!