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03 April, 2018: David


by John P. Kristofco


        —    “…pro patria mori

I’d see him in the hall
like all the others,
walking to be
       teachers, millwrights, bankers, clerks, accountants,
       fresh hands for the factories,
       a priest to please a parent here or there
with schoolbooks, looking
like their moms or dads,
impatient for Fridays,
girls from down the street
in short skirts on the corner,
making sophomores laugh
(like they’d never laugh again)
in study hall,
even at the weekly Mass,
though he found the words to pray
in jungles like the ones his father knew,
nights of shelling, cigarettes,
seconds from eternity,
the perfect black forever
or what he might have been,
now shadows in the letters of his name
engraved into the silent marble wall
“David” by John P. Kristofco, from Caveat Lector 22:1, 2011. Used by permission of the author.
John P. (Jack) Kristofco’s poetry and short stories have appeared in about 200 publications, including Folio, Rattle, Cimarron Review, Blueline, Slant, Fourth River, Chiron Review and Snowy Egret. He has published three poetry chapbooks, most recently The Timekeeper’s Garden (The Orchard Street Press), with a fourth, Portraits from the Pilgrimage, due out this summer. Kristofco has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize five times. A retired professor of English and college dean at the University of Akron, he lives in Highland Heights with his wife, Kathy.


Choose and write about a digital piece – podcast, meme, tweet, online video or other digital work.
Involuntary muteness

No, no, not now!
The charge is gone.
The music stopped.
There’s no i in phone
or You in tube.
At least at this moment.

Inaudibility hurts.
Thumb to machine:
Click, click, click, click.
Although there’s a will,
there’s no play.
At least at this moment.

When did it happen:
The technophobe
became the playlist
junkie? And cannot
At least not by choice.
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Secret public journal
Oh precious blog
Spill my guts
For all ages
4/3/2018 8:56:44 PM

N. K. Hasen
Photo Gallery

An online album to click through.
Digital pages line with photos.
A party, family memories, vacation shots?
Click on thumbnail to enlarge.
Bigger than a physical photo pops on screen.
Click an arrow left or right, view each space it has.
Click an x, return to page lined with many photos.
A digital gallery with its walled pages.
Photos that will not fade with time.
Can be kept near to show off to others.
Portable to the whole world to see.
Here lies what I have taken photos of;
Everything throughout my life.
4/3/2018 11:20:33 AM

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.