Greetings and welcome to Poets on Display during National Poetry Month/Blogging From A to Z April Challenge. I’m doing a poetry theme, so each day this month I feature poets from the book Sunrise Summits: A Poetry Anthology, which was recently selected as a finalist for the 2017 Colorado Book Awards in the anthology category (information about the awards can be found by Clicking Here).
It’s an honor for me to continue to share the work of those who contributed to Northern Colorado Writers first poetry anthology and to have this work selected as an award finalist. The poets included are a shining example of the talent found in Northern Colorado Writers, LLC.
The poem posted below is not from the anthology. This way you get a wider read of each poet’s work. It’s been a challenge to get the poems to fit the letter theme, but I think I’ve worked it out. I hope you enjoy what you read here.
Today’s Poem: Do Carrots Cry by Belle Schmidt
Do Carrots Cry
Do carrots cry when pulled from the ground
And are sold like slaves for so much a pound?
Do onions weep when their tops are snipped
When sliced and diced and in hot fat dipped?
Do radishes blush — their cheeks are red —
When uncovered and yanked out of bed?
Does lettuce wilt in silent protest
At being served dressed, and undressed?
Do potatoes hide with their blind eyes?
If found, they’ll be skinned they realize.
Do beets bleep when jerked from sleep,
And bleed when a paring knife cuts deep?
Veggies — Unite! Don’t lie there and rest
Form a Union. Picket. That may be best!
(Previously published in The You Belong Collection, 2012 Longmont Library Festival Reprinted with permission.)
Working on her high school yearbook set Belle on a writing path. In Our Bones is Belle’s latest publication, a collaborative volume done with her sister Irene Grobowsky.
Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies, magazines and on-line. Belle has published three chapbooks, Do Carrots Cry, My Poem and Baubles & Bric-a-Brac.Her essay book is titled The Blue Butterfly and Poems From my Pocket is a collection of 101 poems.
Note: On May 1, 2017 I’ll be drawing one winner to receive a copy of Sunrise Summits: A Poetry Anthology. Each day you visit and leave a comment, you’ll earn one entry for the drawing. (Only one entry per day can be earned, regardless of number of visits/comments) That’s a potential of 30 entries for the drawing! Winner to be announced on this blog on May 1, 2017.
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