READ A POEM
by Kathleen Cerveny
For yellow smell of earth
For sun-smudged weathered fences
around the vacant lot
Waterfall of honeyed promise
Buttered signal flags of April
Bangled arms of gypsy dancers
For prancing, can-can galaxy
canary-spangled chorus line
For kicking up the day
For golden morning fireworks
For brassy, brambled exclamations
For coin-tossed fountained wishes
For yellow-ribboned dreadlocks
For gilded feather dusters sweeping up
For light in darkness, seeping
through the open door
“Forsythia" by Kathleen Cerveny from Coming to Terms. Night Ballet Press, 2015. Used by permission of the author.
ABOUT TODAY’S POET
Kathleen Cerveny has been a working artist, an award-winning producer for Cleveland Public Radio, and a Director of Arts Initiatives for the Cleveland Foundation. Her poems have appeared in the Amoskeag Journal, on Shaking Like a Mountain, and in Pudding House anthologies While You Were Sleeping I Dreamt a Poem (Kattywompus Press, 2013) and What I Knew Before I Knew, among others, including Future Cycle Press’ international anthology, Poems for Malala Yousafzai. In 2014, Kathleen received the Robert Bergman Award from the Cleveland Arts Prize, and she was the 2013 – 2014 Poet Laureate of Cleveland Heights. Her first collection, Coming to Terms, was published by NightBallet Press in 2015. Kathleen blogs at her website.
WRITE A POEM
Finally, find the poem from these past 30 days of “Read Write” that affected you the most. Write a poem as a letter to the poet thanking the poet and using a line of their poem as the title, first line, or last line of your poem.
Then come to Poetry Open Mic this afternoon from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch library. Bring a poem you've written and share it on this, the last day of National Poetry Month.