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Read a Poem


by Joe McKeon

Ellis Island
my father winds
his father’s watch

By Joe McKeon, from Oars Up. Red Moon Press. 2019. Used by permission of the author.
Joe McKeon is an award-winning internationally published haiku poet. He is a two-time winner of the Haiku Society of America’s Harold G. Henderson award for outstanding haiku. He won first prize in the 2017 Japanese Embassy haiku contest and the 2015 Vancouver Cherry blossom contest. His haiku have been published in international journals including Frogpond - The Journal of the Haiku Society of America, Modern Haiku (one of the oldest haiku journals in America), A Hundred Gourds (an Australian Haiku Journal) and Presence (a British haiku journal). His 2019 book Oars Up has received wide critical acclaim. Intragram @haikujoe.

 Write a Poem

Write a poem personifying a nation. How would it behave? Who would its relatives be? How would it feel about itself, and what activities would it take part in?

N. K. Hasen
Wild Scotland

He was a wild boy as a youth
Had a rebellious mind
Enjoyed fresh air of freedom
In north he’d play his games
England thought him an unruly child
Would try to discipline like an aunt would
He would take discipline silently
Then turn around do some new
He would run across the moors
Play side and seek among the craggy rocks
Would dance in the rain as cold drops fall
Distant nation adults would shake their heads
Scotland a nation always born to be wild
4/21/2020 9:49:35 AM

Cathy Barber
So many years captured in three short lines.
4/19/2020 7:16:49 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.