Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day

5:00 a.m. on April 29, 2010 (EDT)
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Today, Thursday, April 29, is national Poem in Your Pocket Day. Select a poem you love, or write your own, and carry it with you to share with others all day. Here's one for inspiration.   The Peace of Wild ThingsBy Wendell BerryWhen despair for the world grows in meand I wake in the night at the least soundin fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,I go and lie down where t...

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8:59 a.m. on April 29, 2010 (EDT)
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Had a prof who was nuts about Wendell Berry. Excellent writer, although a bit melancholy for me at times.

A classic poem that any outdoors-person should not be without. From the preface in Nessmuk's "Woodcraft":

For brick and mortar breed filth and crime,
With a pulse of evil that throbs and beats;
And men are withered before their prime
By the curse paved in with the lanes and streets.

And lungs are poisoned and shoulders bowed,
In the smothering reek of mill and mine;
And death stalks in on the struggling crowd—
But he shuns the shadow of oak and pine.
—Nessmuk

10:53 a.m. on April 29, 2010 (EDT)
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One of my all time favorite poems is by Robert Service who also wrote story's like Call of the Wild and White Fang and stories and other poems about the Gold Panning days of Alaska and the Yukon.

There's a Race of Men that don't fit in:

There's a race of men that don't fit in,
A race that can't stay still;
So they break the hearts of kith and kin,
And they roam the world at will.
They range the field and they rove the flood,
And they climb the mountain's crest;
Theirs is the curse of the gypsy blood,
And they don't know how to rest.

If they just went straight they might go far;
They are strong and brave and true;
But they're always tired of the things that are,
And they want the strange and new.
They say: "Could I find my proper groove,
What a deep mark I would make!"
So they chop and change, and each fresh move
Is only a fresh mistake.

And each forgets, as he strips and runs
With a brilliant, fitful pace,
It's the steady, quiet, plodding ones
Who win in the lifelong race.
And each forgets that his youth has fled,
Forgets that his prime is past,
Till he stands one day, with a hope that's dead,
In the glare of the truth at last.

He has failed, he has failed; he has missed his chance;
He has just done things by half.
Life's been a jolly good joke on him,
And now is the time to laugh.
Ha, ha! He is one of the Legion Lost;
He was never meant to win;
He's a rolling stone, and it's bred in the bone;
He's a man who won't fit in.

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