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Posted by on Apr 26, 2018 in ACE Learning Center, ACE School Report, Continuing Education | 0 comments

Treat Yourself – And Everyone You Meet – to a Poem in Your Pocket Today

By Riley, ACE Poetry Contest Mascot; and Chupe, ACE Poetry Contest Mascot at San Francisco International High School

I’m listening to my best friend John read me the poem in his pocket. The poem is about the power of girls, like supercool baby Lucy Rose.

This is the most fun day of National Poetry Month – it’s Poem in Your Pocket Day.

Usually I prefer my friends have treats for me in their pockets. Like chewy beef jerky. Or rawhide curls. I’ll even take peanut butter flavored snaps.

But on this day, I’ll take poems.

Chupe has a poem, and a new Poem-Pack.  Check it out below.

But first, here’s mine. A real doggerel poem.

The Power of Technology
By Riley

The list of tech
Goes on and on

Designed to help
To assist the learn

To entertain
To test and prove

That we are smart
With futures bloomed

To make us see
What can be done

Not only now
But future come

Tech helps empower
Which is good

Strong girls, strong boys
In mind and sight

But tech’s real power
STEMs from learning

That our true power
Is education

I’m looking sharp with my Poem-Pack bag. Now I have a pocket for my poems too.

Now, here’s Chupe:

Riley – your poem really opened my eyes. I’ve been carrying poems with me for years (well, two years). I’ve mostly been carrying them in my brain, but my sweet students at SFIHS gave me this gear so I can carry even more than I can remember.

For this year’s Poem in Your Pocket Day I’m carrying around this reminder from the Voices of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe that home is where we make it.

Peña’s Son

A friend in Zimbabwe 

Called and said

“It’s just like Long Island

Only every once in a while

You look out the window and see

A rhinoceros.”


Great poem, Chupe.  Thank you for sharing.

And a shout out to my ACE Poetry Contest Mascot Posse – Chupe, Chronos, Violet and Thor.  Hope you get treats today too.

All the ACE Poetry Contest Mascots hope everyone treats themselves and others to a poem today.  Arf!

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