The majority of the day went by without my being aware that today is National Poem in Your Pocket Day. Of this heretofore unknown holiday the Academy of American Poets has this to say:
Poems from pockets will be unfolded throughout the day with events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces, and bookstores.
Too late to participate in any event (though the availability of such events in my geographic location I find I doubt), I hereby share a favorite poem. The only difficulty, of course, is choosing only one.
Tell all the truth but tell it slant–
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth’s superb surprise
As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind–
by Emily Dickinson