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Check out the poems your friends and neighbors love.

About the Wayland Favorite Poem Project

Is there a poem that means a lot to you? It can be anything...a nursery rhyme, doggerel, a song, or a classic. Would you be willing to share it with the community?

You may submit your favorite poem by completing this form. During the submission process, we will ask you to tell us whether or not you would be willing to share your selection.

The only submission rule is that your poem must NOT be a poem you or one of your family members has written. (To share your own poem, adults should click here and young poets should click here.)

There are many ways to share poems during our Favorite Poem Project.

  • We will be listing people's favorite poems on our website.
  • If you're interested, you might participate in a reading of your favorite poem at a program at the library.
  • You might volunteer to be videorecorded reading your favorite poem and letting us put the recording on the web.

Our goal is to get as many participants as possible, so please step up and give us the name of your favorite poem.

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Nancy McShea

The Road Not Taken

Robert Frost

Julia Pak

Bacon and Eggs

Howard Nemrov

Sally Cartwright


Ogden Nash

Lisa Breger


Mary Oliver

Holly Zaitchik

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)]

e.e. cummings

Kathy Schreiber


Naomi Shihab Nye

Ann Gordon

Pied Beauty

Gerard Manley Hopkins

Judith Hoyer

Evangeline: A Tale of Arcadie, Part I, Canto I

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Megan Lucier

The Lanyard

Billy Collins

Stu Cartwright


Lewis Carroll

Ann Knight


Percy Bysshe Shelley

Sandra Raymond


Carl Sandburg

Matt Amory

Thanksgiving Prayer

William S. Burroughs

Angela Corbet

The Lake Isle of Innisfree

William Butler Yeats

Greta Stone


Edna St. Vincent Millet

Charlie Anderson

On the Beach at Night

Walt Whitman

J. Claude Williamson

the lesson of the moth

Don Marquis

Michael Kotin

The Dance

C. K. Williams

Deborah Kelsey

Little Dog's Rhapsody in the Night (Percy 3)

Mary Oliver

Erin Dalbec

One Art

Elizabeth Bishop

Beth Butler

The Lake Isle of Innisfree

William Butler Yeats

Name Withheld

The Big Fish Story

Mary Stewart Hammond

Happy Hollow School Team 15 Fourth Graders

YouTube Playlist of the kids reading their Favorite Poems

Assorted Authors

Maureen Devlin


Edgar Guest

Gail Keene

Sleeping in the Forest

Mary Oliver

Brianna Gormany

A Noiseless Spider

Walt Whitman

Fred Knight

When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer

Walt Whitman

Name Withheld


Joyce Kilmer

Fred Knight

When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer

Walt Whitman

Deborah Marshall

Western Wind


Jane Williamson

Sonnet 116

William Shakespeare

Robert Pinsky (!)

His Excuse for Loving

Ben Johnson

Sara Sun


Stephanie F. Earls

Becky Gibbs

Ode to a Nightingale

John Keats

Roy Barnacle

Monody on the Death of Aldersgate Street Station

John Betjman

Sara Barnacle

Dover Beach

Matthew Arnold

Nancy Geiser

Pippa Passes

Robert Browning

Susan Larson

The Ride

Richard Wilbur

Jay Rogers

In the Middle

Barbara Crooker

Andy Moore

An Orange

Grover Amen

Nancy Fewell

The Possibility of Being (from Sonnets to Orpheus)

Rainer Maria Rilke

Jim Haber

M. Degas Teaches Art and Science at the Durfee Elementary School—Detroit 1942

Philip Levine

Dorothy Dunlay

Now Smile

Paul Hooper
























AN ORANGE by Grover Amen

Darkness is absence of detail:
From an alien hint of hope
Caught in a corner of sun,
Even a casual orange,
Inessential and exact,
Can acquire the unexpected
And original color of fact.