Thursday, April 24, 2014

Poem in My Pocket Day

Today is Poem in My Pocket Day!

I heard about this day from Librarian Superhero John Schu.  Here is his post.  Like Mr. Schu, I plan to have two poems, one in each pocket.

Left pocket:
I shared my love of Jack Prelutsky in a post last week, and knew I would choose one of this poems.  It is the title poem from this collection:

Here is the first stanza:

I'm making a pizza the size of the sun,
a pizza that's sure to weigh more than a ton,
a pizza too massive to pick up and toss,
a pizza resplendent with oceans of sauce.

The other comes from one of my favorite children's book series:

It is the poem the sorting hat recites:

"Oh, you may not think I'm pretty,
But don't judge on what you see, 
I'll eat myself if you can find
A smarter hat then me.
You can keep your bowlers black,
Your top hats sleek and tall,
For I'm the Hogwarts Sorting Hat 
And I can cap them all.
There's nothing hidden in your head
The Sorting Hat can't see,
So try me on and I will tell you
Where you ought to be.
You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve and chivalry,
Set Gryffindors apart;
You might belong in Hufflepuff 
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true,
And unafraid of toil;
Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
If you've a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind
;Or perhaps in Slytherin,
Where you'll meet your real friends,
Those cunning folk use any means,
To achieve their ends.
So put me on! Don't be afraid!
And don't get in a flap!
You're in safe hands (though I have none
)For a Thinking Cap."

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