Friday, April 19, 2013

PoMo2013 - Poem 18

Artist Trust/Edge Reading

Seattle is a place to blossom as we turn the pages of our lives,    
an ideal place to grow into crone-hood.
                                       - Faye Reitman                                            

Eighteen cross-genre writers
reading five minutes each
take turns lavishing
personal idiosyncrasies
and tone
on a packed house
of language lovers.

I ask the woman sitting next to me,
tears streaming down her face.
why she's crying
and she says:

They're so good,
They've worked hard
and I'm proud of them.

I squeeze her hand
and the two of us hug
as if we knew
each other
long before

My friend Faye
up from California

I heard Seattle
was a reading town
But I didn't know
it was a place to blossom
in the basement of a book store
or on someone else's unseen page.
I think I'll move here.

And she did.
         -Esther Altshul Helfgott


Patrick Dixon said...

i know that program, and one of the readers. Awesome. thanks! said...

I love this poem and will cherish it along with my memories of this amazing reading. What a treat this was to be a listener at this event. Esther, you were and are a wonderful discovery for this poet in training. I hope to hear more of your readings in the near future.

Esther Altshul Helfgott said...

Patrick and Pamela,
I treasure your comments and your presence in Seattle's poetry community. Thank you for being here, Esther

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful, tender poem.

Esther Altshul Helfgott said...

Thank you, Wordchaser!