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SIX-MILE-CREEK: A Postcard-Poem

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.

The Arts for All Marathon was a 26.2-day postcard-poetry project. Great fun and immense education.
Six-Mile-Creek” was chosen by Katharyn and has been printed on a postcard along with poems from other writers. This one was a favorite of mine as soon as I wrote it down! While I write letters to friends on the poetry-postcards (I have two sets so I can keep one bunch all for myself), read the poem below:


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 β€œdon’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


3 comments on “SIX-MILE-CREEK: A Postcard-Poem

  1. A Literary Treat
    April 26, 2010

    >Hey! You have a great blog here!!! I hope you'll come and have a look at mine sometime…? πŸ˜€ xxAash

  2. fleuve-souterrain
    April 27, 2010

    >Thank you Aash! I'm glad you visited and found things of interest. Sure, will come over some time soon πŸ™‚

  3. Rhett
    September 28, 2010

    >It's one of those poems that come around – like light trapped in diamond – and these can only be written in a cascading three-line stanza as this – I so know the frame coz I have written severrral in this 3 line format – sort'a discovered it myself as a very very suitable medium when you wanna say something exactly but also wanna curl it on itself – so to speak. so i think it will come around to me in some time, I really think so… btw, just love the opening lines. Btw, hello again πŸ™‚

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This entry was posted on April 21, 2010 by in Art for All Marathon, CSMA, ithaca, Katharyn Howd Machan, Nabina Das, poetry, postcard-poetry, Six-Mile-Creek.
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