“Keep a Poem in Your Pocket” By Beatrice Schenk de Regniers


I wrote it in my notebook a long long ago, so long that I even forgot when I ever copied it. I must love it at that time when I copied it. My handwriting was still neat and clear. Here’s the whole poem. Hope you like this one.

“Keep a poem in your pocket
and a picture in your head
and you’ll never feel lonely
at night when you’re in bed.

The little poem will sing to you
the little picture bring to you
a dozen dreams to dance to you
at night when you’re in bed.

So–
Keep a poem in your pocket
and a picture in your head
and you’ll never feel lonely
at night when you’re in bed.”



Never Say Never; Never Give Up


To my children–

If you fail in a test,
If you lose a contest,
If you get a bad grade,
If you have not made it to the top,
If you were not happy with one course,
If you are given a need-improvement evaluation,
If you think so much depend upon but you didn’t make it,
Remember these words–
Never say never,
Never give up,
Resilient and
Keep trying.
The future is yours, as long as
You don’t give up, as long as
You always give your best.
You are never lost until you stop trying your best.

Life is a skyscraper,
Its bricks being the tests we face everyday.
Build it with the best-quality bricks, for
Life itself is the biggest test of all,
Graded not by any teacher but by yourself.



Enjoy Your Turn


On 3/9/2008, while watching my daughter reading at Border’s and remembering the time when she was so eager to have me read to her and I never had enough time for her then and now she seldom has time and patience to hear me talk.  I thought a lot and wrote below at Border’s:

                  Enjoy Your Turn

Read to that little ones while the ears are all yours,
Listen to what the child’s heart pours out while the heart is still open to you,
Take the little sweetie to places while the sweetie cannot drive,
Clothe the tiny body, feed the baby mouth,
Hold those child hands while the hands reach out for you.
For the moment will come, sooner than you expect, when –
The little turns big;
And the big hands are behind the wheel;
The big heart is closed to you;
And finally, you become the one reaching out for that once upon a child! 

I have shared this piece with some of my friends.  Here are their comments:
From the doctor at our clinic.  I sent this to her on her last day at our clinic, 6/12/2008
“Wow, thank you so much.  This is beautiful.  And you’re absolutely right – I feel like my daughters are growing faster every day.  Thank you for your lovely words, and best of luck to you.”

An old friend of the writer, from her teen years, 6/14/2008
“Well written.  Only when you have kids can you write sth like this. Not from one’s pen, but the heart.”

I love these comments!  Thanks for the bounty of kind words and encouragement. If my children have made my life richer, my friends have made it more appreciable. Well, so much to be thankful now.


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