One - a - day Poems

Welcome to Poetry 180. Poetry can and should be an important part of our daily lives. Poems can inspire and make us think about what it means to be a member of the human race. By just spending a few minutes reading a poem each day, new worlds can be revealed.

Poetry 180 is designed to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem on each of the 180 days of the school year. I have selected the poems you will find here with high school students in mind. They are intended to be listened to, and I suggest that all members of the school community be included as readers. A great time for the readings would be following the end of daily announcements over the public address system.

Listening to poetry can encourage students and other learners to become members of the circle of readers for whom poetry is a vital source of pleasure. I hope Poetry 180 becomes an important and enriching part of the school day.

Billy Collins
Former Poet Laureate of the United States

"There is a poem for everyone, You may not like what you've read before, but there is a poem out there that  can change your life"   Joy Harjo  (Poet Laureate Library of Congress)

"Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings"  -- From Mvskoke Creek Nation's Joy Harjo

Do not feed the monsters.

Some are wandering thought forms, looking for a place

to set up house.

Some are sent to you deliberately.  They come from

     arrows of gossip, jealousy or envy--and inadvertently

     from thoughtlessness.

They feed on your attention, and feast on your fear.

Anonymous   -  A poem to help us understand the patterns in our lives.

   The sun it shines, regardless,                      Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.            The grass it grows, oblivious,                             

   The water it sits, fathomless,

   The moon it reflects, lovingly,

   The tree it stands, determinedly,                     

   The sand it moves, impulsively,                    

   Time is a constant, unstoppable

   Space is vast, incalculable,

    Life is a gift, remarkable.   

   "Analysis of Baseball" by Mae Swenson - A poem to help us understand the patterns in baseball -- all important for reading, writing drawing, and calculating in "The Reading Xpress With OK Reading" mentor's manual.

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your  self confidence.

         (Robert Frost)


         ----Chinese Proverb