National Poem in Your Pocket Day

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


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