Do You See?
Former Tompkins County Poet Laureate Katharyn Howd Machan, also a poetry instructor at Ithaca College, had organized an “arts for all marathon” at the Community School of Music and Artsin 2009. The idea was to engage area poets on a common project and to raise funds for CSMA programs that would mainly benefit children and youth.
Sleep is a sharp river bend
Geology too, on a face-smooth rock
One that climbs up the banks
From the creek that flows
Behind my hill on a cascading street
Called water, silent at night
They say the trout should
Flock after this neon winter passes
And now only sprigs float
Below the dam after six miles
Where half-nude youngsters jump into
The liquidy sheet ignoring signs
That say “don’t”. They still do
With their sudden laughter waking up
Us who sleep on the rocky shore.
Image from the Internet: Six-Mile-Creek, Ithaca, a painting by John Clum