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Got a Poem In Your Pocket?

Thursday, April 30, 2009

It's Poem in Your Pocket Day and lyrical verses are being recited all over the city. In Bryant Park this afternoon, students from all five boroughs read poems they penned themselves. Fourteen-year-old Anais McCalaster goes to the Bronx High School for Writing and Communication Arts. She read her poem "Where I'm from."

Some of the poems were light hearted rhymes, while others took serious turns. Eleventh grader Rahad Gul read a poem inspired by his war-torn homeland, Pakistan. It's called "My Other Home:"

The city's diverse student population was reflected in the subject matter. Fourteen year old Naomi Castillo read a poem called "it's not just Puerto Rico."

Many people in the park stopped to listen to the poems as they walked through Bryant Park. Charlie Frankenboch was surprised and thrilled to find the event.

Nora Mannucci stumbled upon the reading after a dentist appointment. She was happily surprised to hear the young poets.

Others in the park were handing out poems to passers-by on little slips of paper. Today is the last day of National Poetry month.

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Steve Andrews

A New Tomorrow
Stephen E. Andrews

‘Twas the night before Christmas, Nineteen Twenty-Nine,
In an era so dark one might think they were blind.
Fewer trees showing sparkle and gifts more refined;
Savings drawn from the banks with most jobs on decline.

Every penny was treasured as if it were gold.
Fewer house calls for doctors; less medicine sold;
More reliance on soup for the treatment of colds
As we shifted to folklore our grandparents told.

Mounds of hopelessness stretched all across our frontier.
People gathered by radios lending their ear.
With conviction unmatched, FDR made it clear
That the answer was hope … and the problem was fear.

He then swept the depression away with a broom.
Every branch of the cherry tree burst in full bloom.
Having fully new outlooks, our lifestyles resumed
With a thankful tomorrow, devoid of the gloom.

The prosperity spread through the century’s end.
Soon thereafter, investors saw markets rescind
At such rates to cause panic and change how we spend.
Insecurity grew for ourselves and our friends.

People all through our planet from France to Japan
Longed for people of vision to be in command.
As with history, leadership did exchange hands
And the new leader hailed “Yes We Can! … Yes We Can!”

Apr. 30 2009 09:46 PM

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