17 Pocket-Sized Poems to Enrich Your Day

— Kate, Owl Eyes Staff on

In addition to it being National Poetry Month, we’re also recognizing “Poem in Your Pocket Day.” We've rounded up just some of our favorite bite-sized poems for your reading pleasure. We think you’ll love them as much as we do!

Emily Dickinson - After Great Pain, A Formal Feeling Comes

As Freezing persons, recollect the Snow— / First—Chill—then Stupor—then the letting go—

Published: 1929
Read it if: You’ve just gone through a hard time in your life.

Sara Teasdale - Barter

“Life has loveliness to sell— / Music like the curve of gold

Published: 1917
Read it if: You want to experience the beauty of the world in all its fullness.

George Eliot - Count That Day Lost

One glance most kind / That fell like sunshine where it went— / Then you may count that day well spent.”

Published: 1887
Read it if: You need motivation to stop procrastinating and start being a better person.

Wiliam Blake - A Poison Tree

“I was angry with my foe: / I told it not, my wrath did grow.”

Published: 1794
Read it if: You’re angry and you know it.

Percy Bysshe Shelley - Ozymandias

“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: / Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!

Published: 1818
Read it if: You feel like pondering the shortness of life.

Thomas Hardy - The Darkling Thrush

“At once a voice arose among / The bleak twigs overhead / In a full-hearted evensong / Of joy illimited”

Published: 1900
Read it if: You need a reminder to be optimistic during dark times.

Gerard Manley Hopkins - Pied Beauty

Glory be to God for dappled things

Published: 1918
Read it if: You like finding beauty in the details.

Ho Xuan Huong - Spring-Watching Pavilion

Nirvana is here, nine times out of ten.”

Published: 1909
Read it if: You like staying in the moment.

Elizabeth Siddal - Dead Love

“Oh never weep for love that’s dead / Since love is seldom true

Published: 1899
Read it if: You celebrated Singles Awareness Day this year.

Marianne Moore - The Fish

The Fish / wade / through black jade.”

Published: 1918
Read it if: You want to go snorkeling.

H. D. - The Garden

Fruit can not drop / through this thick air

Published: 1916
Read it if: You hate summer.

Louisa May Alcott - A Little Bird I Am

And in my cage I sit and sing / To Him who placed me there”

Published: 1880
Read it if: You enjoyed “A Jury of Her Peers.”

A. E. Housman - Loveliest of Trees

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now / Is hung with bloom along the bough

Published: 1896
Read it if: Spring reminds you of the ephemerality of, like, everything.

William Wordsworth - The Lucy Poems: “A slumber did my spirit seal”

She seemed a thing that could not feel / The touch of earthly years

Published: 1801
Read it if: You’ve ever prayed to the Muses for inspiration.

John Keats - Bright Star!

Bright star! would I were steadfast as thou art— / Not in lone splendor hung aloft the night

Published: 1838
Read it if: You’ve ever wished upon a star.

Robert Frost - The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood

Published: 1916
Read it if: You’re indecisive.

Elizabeth Siddal - Worn Out

I can but give a failing heart / And weary eyes of pain

Published: 1899
Read it if: You’ve ever dealt with chronic health issues or mental illness.

Which poems resonated with you the most? Are there any others you would add to this list? Let us know in the comments!