Poem In My Pocket

pocket_logoIt’s National Poem in Your Pocket Day! This is the day when the Academy of American Poets encourages everyone to carry a favorite poem around in their pockets and then “share with co-workers, family and friends.”

When you are old and gray and full of sleep

And nodding by the fire, take down this book,

And slowly read, and dream of the soft look

Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,

And loved your beauty with love false or true;

But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,

And loved the sorrows of your changing face.

And bending down beside the glowing bars,

Murmur, a little sadly, how love fled

And paced upon the mountains overhead,

And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.


~William Butler Yeats~

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2 thoughts on “Poem In My Pocket

  1. I’ve always loved this poem–especially that phrase, “one man loved the pilgrim soul in you.” Who doesn’t want to be loved for their “pilgrim soul?”

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