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Today is Poem In Your Pocket Day. The Academy of American Poets suggests that you “handwrite some lines on the back of your business cards,” “add a poem to your email footer,” or “post a poem on your blog or social networking page.” Hey, this is a blog or social networking page! Here, timely verse from Sharon Olds:
The Pope’s Penis
by Sharon Olds
It hangs deep in his robes, a delicate
clapper at the center of a bell.
It moves when he moves, a ghostly fish in a
halo of silver sweaweed, the hair
swaying in the dark and the heat — and at night
while his eyes sleep, it stands up
in praise of God.
If you prefer not to pocket your excitement, it’s also National High Five Day.