Thursday, April 24, 2014

Poem in Your Pocket Day (and Giveaway!)

Happy Poem in Your Pocket Day!  Here's my poem that I will carry with me today and share:

I slept and dreamed that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted, and behold, service was joy.

-          Rabindranath Tagore

To enter the GIVEAWAY drawing, please enter in the comments the first line/s of a poem or quote that is special to you!  (I will make another poem with these.)

The winner will be announced next Thursday, May 1st.  The prize includes tea (of course!), something to nibble, an original poem and a surprise!  Good luck!


Amy C said...

Happy Poem in your Pocket Day--Rapidly becoming my favorite holiday!

La Tea Dah said...

"I thought that I would never see a poem as lovely as a tree"...

Lovely post, Stephanie! I especially LOVE the top photo! It speaks to my heart.

Marilyn said...

"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom" author unknown

Love your poem in a pocket.

Teafan said...

Oh, yay yay!

"Once, upon a cool path I did tread... the ferns, they spoke to me"

Rhett Aultman said...

"We, who with songs beguile your pilgrimage and swear that beauty lives though lilies die." --James Elroy Flecker, "The Golden Journey"

I can't wait to see the result!

David Galli said...

Coincidentally, my friend at work gave me a poem on a little slip of paper yesterday! I'll carry it around, now that I know about this great holiday. :) Thanks, Steph!

The first line:

"The only way is"

massagematters said...

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It's not.
Dr. Seuss - the Lorax

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massagematters said...

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...
Dr. Seuss - Oh The Places You'll Go

massagematters said...

Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.
Shel Silverstein

massagematters said...

I will not play at tug o' war.
I'd rather play at hug o' war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses,
And everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles,
And everyone wins.
Shel Silverstein

Anonymous said...

Give up sighing for what might have been,
Yesterday's gone, never more to be seen.

Friend K said...

From friend K

Green Tea
by Dale Ritterbusch

There is this tea
I have sometimes,
Pan Long Ying Hao,
so tightly curled
it looks like tiny roots
gnarled, a greenish-gray.
When it steeps, it opens
the way you woke this morning,
stretching, your hands behind
your head, back arched,
toes pointing, a smile steeped
in ceremony, a celebration,
the reaching of your arms.

Steph said...

Wow! These are GREAT! Thank you all!

Angela McRae said...

By happy coincidence, I recalled this line: "We had a kettle: we let it leak ..."

I'm more excited about the new poem to be constructed than the giveaway!

Steph said...

J said ...
Thanks for choosing this beautiful piece of wisdom to share, Steph. I had not thought of it as a poem but I guess it is! My poem is: "Grow old along with me / The best is yet to be." --Robert Browning I like its optimism.

Rona said...

Oh! I love poetry! Here's mine:

If you think that
You'll find true understanding
After you die
It's a bit too late, isn't it?
- Mitsuo Aida-

Amanda Wilson said...

'The moon's the North Wind's Cookie, he bites it day by day...'

Always been my favorite poem.

racheld said...

Nothing in my pockets today, but in my mind two lines running through the day. They're from Edwin Markham's LINCOLN:

The grip that swung the ax in Illinois
Was on the pen that set a people free.


amherstrose said...

May I offer:

"Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves - slowly and evenly, without rushing toward the future.

Live the actual moment. Only this moment is life."

Thich Nhat Hanh

Have a happy day, Steph!

Mary Jane

marthae said...

A favorite quote to provoke my thoughts each morning is....

"The lotus flower opens and closes every day in a ritual of renewal"