April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, the County of Santa Clara Poet Laureate Sally Ashton launched Poetry on the Move, featuring five winning poems. County residents were asked to send their best poem that celebrates who we are and what we do in Silicon Valley in 50 words or less. One of the goals of the Santa Clara County Poet Laureate program is to craft a poetic identity for the county. Sally Ashton, working with the County Executive’s Office of Public Affairs, has created a beautiful, colorful anthology of the poems that were submitted for the Poetry on the Move contest last spring. The poems are printed on a lovely weight of paper, one poem per page, each embellished with transit imagery. There’s a full index in the back, so you will have no problem locating your poem or your own favorites. Some books are still available from the Office of Public Affairs or from Sally.
It’s fitting that ten of us who submitted poems for the Poetry on the Move competition read at the Poetry Month celebration put on annually at San Josè State University. We each read our own poem and chose another from the anthology. Here is my contribution to Poetry on the Move.
FRIDAY NIGHT STROLL
Standing at an easel,
paintbrush in hand, mixing
burnt sienna with a splash of white
to make sand the common ground.
On a special night of the month
art on display in galleries
in downtown San Josè.
You might be the purchaser
who takes home a painter’s heart.
Here, I am reading Maureen Draper’s poem, “On the Path.’