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More Poetry [Apr. 18th, 2007|01:33 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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Here's a meme for you. It's National Poetry Month. Post a piece of poetry in your journal (fragment or complete; yours or someone else's) and challenge your friends to do the same.

I don't know Susan Doro or how I found this poem or whether she has anything published, but I absolutely LOVE this piece. (Trust me, you probably will too - I'm pretty good at picking pieces that even folks who hate poetry kinda like.)

Poems of Sparrows
by Susan Doro

you're out there somewhere
i know you are

writing a poem at break time
maybe only a line at a time

sticking the scrap of paper
in your blue jean pocket
to fix or read over later at home
or maybe sooner

thinking about who you'll show it to

this poem is for you

a sparrow poem
about a bird that flew into the factory
when the overhead door was open

how the poor thing flew around and round
just missing steel beams and machinery
and electric cables
and how everyone felt so sorry for it
wanting it to get out
hoping it would get out

women and men running
to open all the windows
all the doorways that they could
and when the sparrow flew to freedom
how everyone cheered

how i would cheer
to be able to read your poems
and you could read mine
trading them like trading cards
or comic books
like kids
we'd be so happy to know we each existed

so keep on writing of coffee breaks
and Emma's new tool box
and the first steps
Wally's baby took
and how the third shift
let the air out of the scab's car tires
on Martin Luther King's birthday

but please hurry
let the poems fly
working class and alive
'cause I can't wait to cheer
for us and our
poems of sparrows

From: moria923
2007-04-18 08:21 am (UTC)
You're right: I do like it, and I'm not much into poetry.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2007-04-18 04:57 pm (UTC)
Glad you liked it!

I actually did a show in college of people reading various pieces. A bunch of folks showed up because I bullied them into it and every one of them was surprised (and pleased) by how much they liked the poems I picked.
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