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: Keep L.A. by S. E. Reichert
You keep it, Love.
Keep the sun and sand.
The Yearly Tan,
The Beautiful and Bold.
Live, immersed in massive crowds
The stunning, narcissistic hordes,
The faux layer, gleaming.
Keep the deafening pulse of the city,
Its blight of neon glow.
Keep it all.
Southern California swagger,
The buzzing hive of who to know and salaries judged.
Movie-ready smiles, flat as fault lines.
And the sand beneath your manicured feet.
You keep the fast-pace
The junk sales, the sugar-coated façade
You keep the starving model’s angles,
The soul-split money-makers.
Its so much more you than me.
I’ll keep my mountains.
The wind-swept plains that raised me,
Grass dancing in sweet exhalation.
I’ll keep the dirt beneath my well-worn shoes.
The feel of sun breaking clouds
Cold to warm and back again.
I’ll keep Earth’s countless diamonds, snow in sunlight.
The Fall of leaves,
The rise of Spring.
I’ll keep the sparsely spread.
The authentic crooked smiles,
The calloused handshakes.
Shirts covering neighbors,
Food to fill their bellies.
I will keep the rush of stars,
In discreet dark nights.
And all the places
Where I can hear my soul.
And just be. Humanly divine.
It is so much more me than you.
You keep you
The sun and the sea
The jaded, soul-devoid conclave
Where you find anonymity,
Removed from even yourself.
And I will keep me.
In quiet mountain glens,
The chatter of flickers, whisper of boughs
Thin air, where I breathe deeper
And strive to know myself.
S.E. Reichert’s Bio:
S. E. Reichert has been writing fiction, poetry, and essays, for over twenty-five years. Her first paranormal romance series (Fixing Destiny, Finding Destiny, Fighting Destiny) is completed. Her poetry has been featured by Haunted Waters Press and Tulip Tree Publishing. She also contributes to the Be True, Be Love website and is currently working on a new anthology of poems as well as a new series set in her home state of Wyoming.
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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