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Quiet as a Star

29 April, 2018: Quiet as a Star


by Clarissa Jakobsons  

Quiet as a Star

            Horseshoe Pavilion, Shaker Lakes 2006
                      —  for Daniel Thompson (1935-2004)
Day-old bread blankets wooden picnic tables.
The saints pray for more bleach, silver coins
for clean pockets. A young collie searches
for fallen morsels stretching hind legs in prayer.
Three mighty blue heron spread their wings
shadows flap a fleet of jets. Listen to our offerings,
poetic tears mix with Daniel Thompson’s honey.
Major Ragain says, Pay attention to the rise
and fall of the chest
            Where is breath before we breathe?
Shoeless in the dark, we taste the honey
slicing dreams with a knife, sprinkling
breadcrumbs into nocturnal farewells.
I find a coin under the bench.
Someone is listening here in my garden
            Quiet as a star.

“Quiet as a Star” by Clarissa Jakobsons. © Clarissa Jakobsons. 2017. Used by permission of the author.
Clarissa Jakobsons instructs at Cuyahoga Community College and was twice a featured poet at Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris. She also won first place at the Akron Art Museum New Words Competition. She has published in many journals, including Glint Literary Journal, Hawaii Pacific Review, Lake, Ruminate, Tower Magazine and Qarrtsiluni. Sometimes Jakobsons combines artist books with her poems and artwork. Recently she enjoyed a Fine Arts Work Center residency in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She writes, “Don’t be surprised to see my inner artist kicking sandcastles, climbing Mount Diablo, painting Provincetown dunes, or walking under an Ohio crescent moon.”


Write a poem about a geometric shape in the form of the shape itself. Circles, squares and rectangles are all fair game, but consider too a rhomboid, parallelogram, isosceles triangle, obtuse triangle, trapezoid or octagon.

N. Maureen Paulett
4/30/2018 2:41:42 PM

It's hip to be
So sang Huey
Here's some news
All sides equal

Four sides
All the same
All cornered
No breaks

I find comfort
In this predictable
It won't change
Hard as I try
4/29/2018 6:30:20 PM

N. K. Hasen
Here is my poem at https://poetrybyhasen.wordpress.com/2018/04/29/trapezoid-trap/
4/29/2018 11:14:06 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.