Last night I had a conversation with a friend about the types of books we like to read. We mentioned novels, biographies, short stories, poetry etc. I was sad that we both didn’t have much time for leisure reading, so last night before I went to bed I flipped through one of my favorite collections of poetry: A Family of Poems, compiled by Caroline Kennedy for children. I was fixated on “Keep a Poem in Your Pocket.” The words may appear simple, but they’re rich with meaning. They really speak to the value of what a poem can do for your soul: “you’ll never feel lonely.” That’s what words are to us. Words give meaning to life. Words comfort us. Words feed our souls. Words are our friends. 

Keep a Poem in Your Pocket

Keep a poem in your pocket

and a picture in your head

and you’ll never feel lonely

at night when you’re in bed.


The little poem will sing to you

the little picture bring to you

a dozen dreams to dance to you

at night when you’re in bed.


So-

Keep a picture in your pocket

and a poem in your head

and you’ll never feel lonely

at night when you’re in bed.


– Beatrice Schenk de Regniers


Quoted from A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children, collected by Caroline Kennedy

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