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Today is National Poem in Your Pocket Day. How can you celebrate it? Take some time to memorize one of your favorite poems (you’ll have my UTMOST respect if you decide to tackle Rime of the Ancient Mariner) and share it with your friends. Or better yet, haul out a pen and paper, and put down your own prose.
If you’re needing inspiration, may I recommend “Downtown Portland Pre-Pandemic” by local poet Susan Moore? It goes as follows:
“Jake's on the corner where I always plan to stop for breakfast but never do.
Signs flashing don't walk, pedestrians clipped by cyclists, cyclists clipped by cars, disposable coffee cups on the sidewalk, graffiti scrawled on a gone-out-of-business store window. Crows that blanket the sky with their voices.
The crow inside me that doesn't answer when I call, the crow inside me that never shuts up.
The lipstick colors I only wear downtown — rose velvet, spiced poppy, berries in the snow.
The coffee shop across from the library, the coffee shop started by a Nike shoe designer, the hotel coffee shop with pink couches and antique tables where Perrin hands me a bottle of olive oil and a bottle of champagne.
We laugh about teaching. Students! Their feelings!
The restaurant on the corner by the library that plays music that spills onto the sidewalk.
The library, the library, the library.
The diner behind the library where Mary and I have lunch and sigh about making art.
The hole in the ground as wide as a city block where workers behind a fence are building a Ritz Carlton.
The people that gather in front of the fence and watch.
Talking with Kevin in the aisles at Powell's. Small press poetry, rock star memoirs, the line to sell books. The starlings, the dogs on leashes, the people sleeping in entryways. The sky grey, blue, then grey again.”
For more pandemic poetry from local artists, check out this beautiful article from Oregon Public Broadcasting.
That’s all for today — we’ll see you back here tomorrow.
-Cassie at Bridgeliner
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