Be the Poem

This weekend I emptied my pockets and found a poem.    It was by Edna St. Vincent Millay (one of my favorites) and was called Afternoon on a Hill.   The first line is “I will be the gladdest thing under the sun.”  The poem stayed in my pocket on “Poem in Your Pocket Day.”  But it didn’t matter.  Poetry was shared and recited and celebrated.  Each child had a poem in his or her pocket. Parents came and joined us for coffee, doughnuts, and joy.  They had poems in their pockets too. It was busy and boisterous.  It was poetry.  And I was the gladdest thing under the sun.

About Annie Campbell

Annie Campbell is a National Board Certified teacher and loves her work. After a forty year career in the classroom, she continues to support teachers. Annie enjoys cooking for family and friends; she likes to lose herself in a good book; she loves discovering new ideas, restaurants, perfect picnic places, and movies with her husband, Ben.
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7 Responses to Be the Poem

  1. Dawn says:

    I LOVED your celebration of poetry! Your tips really encourage ‘feeling the poems’ which is what poetry is all about.

  2. Greg says:

    A beautiful happening. I left the room feeling like the world was going to be alright.
    BTW, here’s a slam someone recently sent me.
    This guy must have heard Mrs. Campbell talking about ‘feeling the poem.’

  3. Stacey says:

    Not sure if you’ll be in NYC anytime soon, but there’s something at the NY Botanical Garden that might interest you:

  4. blkdrama says:

    Bravo! I’d like to hear more of the poems. I’d ditch the music and add voices.

  5. Caroline says:

    It seems like everyone enjoyed the poems. It would have been great to hear some of the children recite their poems

  6. Charlene Scroggins says:

    I love the “poem in your pocket day!” I will try this in my class. Thank you for your inspirations. I’m learning more and more to appreciate poetry 🙂

  7. Brittny Hamilton says:

    This is a fantastic idea. My class will defintiely have a “poem in your pocket day.” This is also a great way to start a poetry lesson…….just pull your favorite poem out of your pocket and tell the children you found something interesting! That will definitely catch their attention! Thanks for the idea.

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