Put a Poem in Your Pocket: Celebrate National Poem in Your Pocket Day with youthLEADarts Poets! 

Poem in Your Pocket Day was initiated in April 2002 by the Office of the Mayor in New York City, in partnership with the city’s Departments of Cultural Affairs and Education. In 2008, the Academy of American Poets took the initiative to all fifty United States, encouraging individuals around the country to participate. In 2016, the League of Canadian Poets extended Poem in Your Pocket Day to Canada.

Poem in Your Pocket Day takes place every year on a day in National Poetry MonthPoem in Your Pocket Day 2022 is today, April 29.

To celebrate, share one of these poems written by grade 6/7 students at Britannia Elementary, during youthLEADarts programming recently.


By: Serenity, Nevaeh, Kichiri and Erin

I worry the paddle won’t push me forward

The songs of my ancestors play on rewind

My heart throbs like a drum

I’m not strong enough to keep my culture alive

I am grieving

Are they really gone?

Did raven really steal the sun?

My pain holds me in a corner

I see my elders dancing in the fire

Fading slowly with time

I am stuck in guilt and regret

The sun finally sets

Leaving us in total darkness

A wave crashes on the shore

But, the sun will rise again

The raven shows his mercy

I am the future, not the past

I am fabric, woven with steel

I am an artist who paints the sunrise

Progress, not perfection

Firm Fist, not Pliable Palms

By: Chantal, Nova, Danira, Karalyn

I am stripped of motivation



The fence is stranding me

I am exhausted

I can’t get up

I understand it takes time

I am afraid of the prejudice against me

I can’t stand for this.

No! We WON’T stand for this

We will not be discriminated

We will not accept judgment

We need freedom

We will break this cycle

We are eager to leave this room of regret

Our paddle propels us forward

We will fight warriors for equality

We are the puppeteers, not the puppets

Firm fist, not pliable palms