Thursday, April 30, 2009


For Poem-In-My-Pocket Day.

He drew a circle that shut me out --
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in!

Edwin Markham
American Poet
1852 - 1940

What's in your pocket?


  1. I remember having to memorize and recite this one, too! Can't think if it was 7th grade English or 9th grade speech class, though.

  2. I've used the one you quoted so many times with my children through the years. I enjoyed being reminded.

  3. Dana, I'm wading through Best Poems of the English Language (and got stuck on Milton) - but I think I'm going to move on to Dryden:-)Sometiems the book feels to be too much to fit in my poetry pocket:-)

  4. sorry about spelling error - but our internet connection tonight is so slow - almost waited 5 minutes for comment to get posted...

  5. Dana,
    I do like this one, words ring so true.
    Have a blessed weekend!