Poetry with Laurie Filipelli 2022


On our first day of Poetry & Imagination this smart group told me, “You don’t know us, until you do.” In our five days together, we got to know each other as only poets can. Each morning, we walked out to explore the world. Moontowers, murals, fountains, and fairy gardens greeted us in our East Austin neighborhood. Together, we collected details and chalked sidewalk haiku. Back in the studio, we read poems by Federico García Lorca, Matsuo Basho, Theodore Roethke, and Elizabeth Alexander and used them as inspiration for our own work. I’m honored to say that by day five each poet had developed their own direction and shared their deepest thoughts. Enjoy! - Laurie Filipelli



 


Collaborative Poem


Five Directions to Poetry


1) Go for a walk. First step, walk, run, go!

2) Walk to the broken sidewalk, waiting to be fixed.

3) Beneath the thick crust of secrets, there is such an urge to speak the unspoken.

4) Grow, grow red rose up out of cement. Your petals pink.

5) You are a rose, tangled at its roots.

6) I said the place you seek is farther south. Go until you hit the trees and then you will find the place you seek.






Gabriel Gutierrez


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The rabbit suddenly fell, looking down it was too dark to see anything. Then he saw food hung up on pegs. One of the shelves he passed was labeled, RABBIT. He thought of running.



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The things you seek are farther deep

The more you search the less you seek

Once you seek you’ll finally see the thing

You seek has been thought to be



Five Haiku


Trees grow tall for shade

To protect me from the sun

Until winter comes


Sidewalks get hot fast

In this scorching summer heat

Pet owners beware


This feels new and hard

Poetry is a struggle

Between pen and mind


Fire a source of strength

Power within the flame

Coals burned until gone


Power be careful

It can break the purest hearts

makes good turn evil



 



Molly Stromberger



Alice in Wonderland

—a found poem


Suddenly stopping at the well

To wonder?

Look down.

Dark.


Disappointment, empty

Fell.


Tumbling down the stairs

Why, I wouldn’t say anything.


Down, down, down

No end.


No one to listen anyways


again


Downward, falling through the air


Down, down, down


I hope-

Ignorant little girl,

There is nothing.


Down, down, down


I doze off, I dream

Ignorant little girl-

Tell me the truth


Down, down, down

The fall was over



Birds & Moontower


Birds

Please

Help me, ease my pain

For I fear I am next,

Next to leave


They tear down all that is around me

Please,

Please tell them not to take me


No,

Don’t fly away

I know you can hear me!


Birds!

Please!

Help me!

ease my pain

for I fear I am next,

next to leave



 


Fiona Briggs


Around the sun in real time

Filling space in a cosmic mess

Emptiness is a troubled mind


Days spent wistful and weary

A difficult scale to compress

Around the sun in real time


The dark and light will greatly contrast

Endless days of fear and stress

Emptiness is a troubled mind


The moon will sink and the stars will fade

Find a new thing to obsess

Around the sun in real time


Words alone cannot convey it

Only feelings can we express

Emptiness is a troubled mind


To do what must be done, one must speak

Only then can we progress

Around the sun in real time

Emptiness is a troubled mind



Birds


Flying by, staying on the moontower only as a place of rest

It has no use now

Bright lights from the houses light the dark streets

It cannot remove the stars in the sky

For what has been removed cant be removed again

It still stands because it costs too much

To take it down

So there it remains

The moontower invited the birds to rest on it

To give it a purpose

For it has none now

So there it remains

It claims it lights up to prevent crime

It claims to make the world brighter

But the birds know you cannot brighten the world to prevent crime

You must prevent crime to brighten the world




 


Siyona Biswas


You Say I'm Just a Girl


You say I'm just a girl

You say I'm just a girl

You say I don't need to be perfect

You say I'm just a girl

but I'm full of power

so devastating, so simple

even the lions are afraid of me

I hold chaos in the palm of my hand

To tame the untamable

I whisper every word

for fear it may be heard

I used to be unnoticed

thrown down to the curb

now I'm anything but a girl

I'm different now

the ocean's made of the tears I shed

I'm always second best

Thunder is the dreadful sound of anger

That everyone can hear

So if you say I'm just a girl

You’re wrong

So very wrong


Time


Time passes me by

Time...

If only it may stop

I've tried so many times

Hoping...

Hoping that if I take of the hands

Almost to rob it of its identity

Time may stop

But it hasn't

It won't

And so...

My heart burns

unprotected

on a platter

to be served to the world


Fear


Fear,

everyone has a fear

But I'm certain I don't

How may I fear if nothing has yet happened


Fear is like my stalker

It's waiting for me to snap

It's waiting for me to be scared

It's waiting for me to feel at all

to be happy

to be sad

Fear, a simple emotion

and addition to life

something we must worry about

If I don't feel.

how may I fear


But fear has overcome me

And now all I do is fear

and what do I fear

Fear


I fear fear

Its impossibleness to overcome

The pain

The swelling it causes


And yet, through all this fear

I manage to become human


To feel

and maybe that's the lesson of it all




 



Viviana Gutierrez



The Sock


I am worn all day

I’m a pair but all alone

You know what I am


Leo


My cat, Leo is

five shades of brown

Fourteen and has the soul of a kitten


The Desk


I am sat on all day

Homework is always on me

Medal and wood makes me


Cool Cream


Cool Cream

It’s awesome, yum

Delicious cool cream, eat it

Sweet makes it good



The Happy Rabbit


He was born without siblings

Unusual for a kit

Sweet snugs and floppy ears

Favorite thing: Carrots, Tomatoes, and People

My bunny







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