April 25th is national Poem in Your Pocket Day.
The idea is to carry a poem in your back pocket to share with your family, friends, co-workers, the strangers on the subway or in the park.
The poem in my pocket will be Here I Am by Michael Ryan
Here I Am by Michael Ryan
on a subway station bench
next to two teens, one pretty, one not:
the pretty one keeps saying how much
she’ll miss the unpretty one, kissing her cheeks,
while the unpretty one looks down at her lap
saying no you won’t no you won’t until the train comes
and on goes the pretty one still smiling,
twirling her red plastic clutch, singing goodbye
I’ll call you, and the unpretty one just sits here
like a stone, even after the train is gone,
even after I write this down.
“Here I Am” by Michael Ryan, from This Morning. (c) Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.