Time with a Pen
Marie A Warner
Sitting down to collect my thoughts,
To draw out what otherwise I would have not.
Always going… thinking of the next thing to do,
My mind always buzzing but to what end I can’t construe.
Weighing out what matters at this stage of life,
Knowing what cleanses me from layers of strife.
Enjoying the discovery that words are a friend,
One that will be with me until the end.
To collect them on the page gives me such relief,
It helps my day move forward with a new belief.
One I wouldn’t have ever known if I had not sat down,
And given my pen some time to move around.
* written in Redding, CA 9/16
Copyright © 2016
by Marie A Warner
All rights reserved.
The venue was perfect as seven local poets gathered to read selections from their writings on Friday, August 19 at the Old City Hall downtown.
I had missed an earlier reading the previous Friday due to a cold. I still had the cold on this Friday, but I was determined to hear at least a few of the poets read. Once there, I was so drawn in by the depth and passion of the readings that I was there until the end.
Local poets will be reading from their work tonight at the Old City Hall downtown, from 7:30-9:00. This event is free.
Also, the Poet Laureate of the United States, Juan Felipe Herrera, will be speaking at Shasta College on Wednesday, September 7 at 7:00 PM. This event will also be free.
Here’s a reminder:
The Redding Public Library will host a reading and Q&A with the current Poet Laureate of California, Dana Gioia (pronounced JOY-a) today from 12:00-1:30.
Dana will read from his latest book, 99 Poems: New & Selected. Dana will also discuss literacy, and there will be a time for questions from the audience.
Dana spent the first fifteen years of his writing career writing at night around his day job as an executive at General Foods. In 2002, George W. Bush appointed Dana as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. As Chairman of the NEA, Dana developed several new modernizing initiatives, including Shakespeare in American Communities, Poetry Out Loud, and Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience. Operation Homecoming collected writings from US troops and their families and published them in an anthology, which became the basis for an Academy award-nominated documentary by the same name.
Dana was appointed Poet Laureate of California by Governor Edmund G. Brown in December, 2015.
Come spend a memorable lunch hour celebrating words at the Redding Public Library.
Did anybody ever check out Dana’s book? I never made it back to the library.
Welcome back to Member Monday. Today we feature a poem by Writers Forum member, Linda Boyden. Welcome, Linda.
Then Will I Stand
By Linda Boyden ©2015
Night window, dark,
his profile etched
by the streetlight
he sits, hunched
in the wheelchair
hands clasped on top
of the warrior blanket
of stripes and buffaloes
I bought to ease his chills.
We wait for it to snow
though it is too cold.
We wait together
we wait for the inevitable
for his long march to the stars.
Then will I stand,
his blanket around
Then will I stand
under the myriad of stars
and hunt for his, for him.
Then will the wind bite
my cheeks and fingers.
Then will I bury my tears
in his blanket,
smell his memory,
hear his laughter.
Then will I stand
under the falling snow.
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