Community – A Poem
by Ann Winfred from Coming of Age Croneicles
In bygone days,
Neighborhood folks gathered on porches
Touched the world and each other
Nodding, smiling, calling out.
Sprinklers caught sunlight in rainbows.
In bygone days,
Inner-city folks gathered on stoops
Shared stories of days and dreams
Laughing children, posing teens.
Music seeped through open windows.
Plastic bags dance past shuttered houses
Blue light mirrored in faces
Caught in worldwide gossamer
Sojourners in shared illusion
Neighbors of a global village.
Jennifer King, poetry instructor and director of the Downtown Oakland Senior Center, gave us the final vote for the winner of the group poem title contest. The title is ………… “Cadence” by Violet Carr Moore!! I asked for a second and third place designation too. Vi also won the third place for “Time”. Vi is the past president of the California Writers Club, Tri-Valley Branch. She has won a writer’s basket with two books and a few other fun items. Visit Vi’s blog at:
Second place winner is Sheila Bali for “Point in Time”! She will receive a book the next time she comes to class in Dublin, hopefully Monday. Sheila Bali is writing a historical memoir of her escape from Hungary as a child in 1956 during the Hungarian Revolution. Visit Sheila at her blog: sheilabali.com/wordpress.
The poem title entries have been anonymously sent to the judges and a winner will be announced by the Middle of July.
Thank you all for entering.
My contest for the group poem title ends today. Take a look on the contest page if you’d still like to enter.
The end of June I’ll submit everyone’s titles to a committee for a vote. There’s a few weeks left to enter. The contest is open to everyone, poet or not, writer or not, tweeter or not. Click on Contests to read the poem and reply.