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30 April, 2016


by Kathleen Cerveny


For spring
          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
                    Persephone’s parade
For coin-tossed fountained wishes
          For yellow-ribboned dreadlocks
                                                    of remembrance
                    For gilded feather dusters sweeping up
                                                                          our grief
                               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.
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.


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.

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READ + WRITE: 30 Days of Poetry is a collaboration between Cuyahoga County Public Library and poet Diane Kendig. Our thanks go to Diane and the poets of Northeast Ohio who allowed us to share their poetry.