"Poetry in Motion" is a UK number-one hit single in 1961, recorded amongst others by Johnny Tillotson. Tillotson had the most successful recording of the song.
The song was written by Paul Kaufman (1930–1999) and Mike Anthony (born 1930), who said that the inspiration for it came from looking up from their work and seeing a procession of young ladies from a nearby school pass by on the sidewalk outside each afternoon. Bill Porter supervised the recording session in Nashville, Tennessee, which featured saxophonist Boots Randolph, pianist Floyd Cramer and bassist Floyd "Lightning" Chance.
In the US Billboard Hot 100, "Poetry in Motion" peaked at number 2 in November 1960, kept out of the number 1 by Georgia on My Mind by Ray Charles. In the UK Singles Chart it hit No. 1 in January 1961, and also made the charts on reissue in 1979.