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James Lawless
Competition

Looking like he had eaten
suet all winter, the Robin
resembled the Dove more
than madam Red Breast.
The rabbit was a modest
adult, but still sizeable
compared with the bird.
The battleground was
the area under the feeder,
dotted whitely with safflower.
There were no actual
blows, but the two
feinted left and right,
punching the air between
them, without inflicting
damage but offering
fright one to the other.
While there was no
clear winner, my
money was on Peter.
He has bigger teeth,
if he could figure out
how to use them.

Jim Lawless
April 9, 2018
4/16/2018 7:43:12 AM

Ryan
Often I wish I were
a strawberry
Bright and colorful
Seeds that go unnoticed

Dipped in chocolate
or part of a sweet relish

Thought of as summertime
and missed the winter

A ballplayer like Darryl
or layered on a shortcake

Mixed with mint to freshen breath before opening my mouth

Spoken of fresh and juicy
and not salty
4/15/2018 2:42:48 PM

N. K. Hasen
Enjoy Life With A Smile

Often I wish I were
a banana.

Mouth in a smile
every single day.

Enjoying the life
around me.

Traveling around the world
learning new cultures.

Do the things
I love to do.

Make an adventure
from my curiosity.

With a wide grin
on my face.

Instead of being parked
in with no place to go.
4/15/2018 10:28:51 AM

Enlightened in Eastlake
gloves
4/15/2018 9:50:35 AM

Nancy Vanderstein
What the heck is this poem about? Dead children?

Confused in Lakewood, Ohio.
4/15/2018 9:39:00 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.