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Forsythia

30 April, 2016

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by Kathleen Cerveny

Forsythia

For spring
          For yellow smell of earth
                    For sun-smudged weathered fences
                                                               around the vacant lot
 
          Forsythia
                    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
                                                    Forsythia
 
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.
 
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“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.
 

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