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In the Abolitionists’ Cemetery

24 April, 2019: In the Abolitionists’ Cemetery


In the Abolitionists’ Cemetery

            Westwood Cemetery, Oberlin, Ohio

by Jim Garrett
Still me, August,
In the abolitionists’ cemetery
When a black-winged crucifix
Circles above
Alights at the dark edge of the pond
I hear the whole
Night of silence
And we, together, wait
For these mute to speak up again.
“In the Abolitionists’ Cemetery” by Jim Garrett, from Innkeepers of Shorelight. Finishing Line Press, 2011. Used by permission of the author.
Jim Garrett has taught literature and writing at an independent boys’ school outside Cleveland for the past 35 years. His three chapbooks of poems – At the Five-and-Dime, Lavallette, New Jersey (2007), Innkeepers of Shorelight (2011) and The Sound of Water (2018) – were all published by Finishing Line Press.


The Dizain is for those who can rhyme. Try this simplified version of the 10-line poem with 10 syllables per line, rhyming ababbccdcd. (Or use Keats’ rhyme scheme in “Ode on a Grecian Urn.”)

Seasons change basketball to baseball
Weather breaking, more sun daylight increase
April to September, spring, summer, fall
Team logo on ball cap and comfy fleece
Binge on concessions fried in tasty grease
We say with certainty this is our year
Fans championship talk starts in full gear
Indians' chances looking pretty great
Starting pitching, clutch hitting have no fear
We been waiting since nineteen forty-eight
4/27/2019 11:12:14 PM

N. K. Hasen
Dog Take on Writing A Dizain

Can a dog write a Dizain you may ask?
Trying to count ten syllables is hard.
Why did owner give such demanding task?
I would rather be sniffing around yard.
Don’t they know I’m not some poetry bard?
I can’t even read to find words to rhyme.
Probably finish right before bedtime.
I will think of way for owner payback.
Less lines left I will finish this on time.
I am done and will eat my biscuit snack.
4/25/2019 7:58:31 PM

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.