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
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”
Read it if: You want to experience the beauty of the world in all its fullness.
George Eliot - Count That Day Lost
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.”
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!”
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”
Read it if: You need a reminder to be optimistic during dark times.
Gerard Manley Hopkins - Pied Beauty
Read it if: You like finding beauty in the details.
Ho Xuan Huong - Spring-Watching Pavilion
“Nirvana is here, nine times out of ten.”
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”
Read it if: You celebrated Singles Awareness Day this year.
Marianne Moore - The Fish
“The Fish / wade / through black jade.”
Read it if: You want to go snorkeling.
H. D. - The Garden
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”
Read it if: You enjoyed “A Jury of Her Peers.”
A. E. Housman - Loveliest of Trees
Read it if: Spring reminds you of the ephemerality of, like, everything.
William Wordsworth - The Lucy Poems: “A slumber did my spirit seal”
Read it if: You’ve ever prayed to the Muses for inspiration.
John Keats - Bright Star!
Read it if: You’ve ever wished upon a star.
Robert Frost - The Road Not Taken
Read it if: You’re indecisive.
Elizabeth Siddal - Worn Out
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!