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Friday, April 6, 2012

VIA Poetry on the Move reading at The Twig, Saturday April 7

Posted By on Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 4:15 PM

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Tom Keene is one of the readers at the VIA Poetry on the Move reading Saturday April 7, 2012 at The Twig Book Shop. In its third year, VIA's Poetry on the Move contest places poems on VIA buses through the month of May. This year featuring 10 poems by adults, juried by a panel of poets, and 10 poems by Young Pegasus (SAPL Youth poetry contest) winners.

The poems are illustrated by young people from local high school art programs.

Keene, a poet-activist and author of Flowers for Love Makers, Peace Builders and God Seekers, has had a poem selected for the bus two of the three years.

Medal of Honor

By Tom Keene

On July 30, 1986, in Washington D.C. former U.S. Army chaplain, Captain Charles Litekey returned his Medal of Honor to the government at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Then, joined by three more veterans, he began a 47-day water fast at the Capitol to protest U.S. actions against the people of Nicaragua.

Before comrades' names

etched rank on rank

in eternal march

down black marble slabs,

he laid that sign of honor:

its blue ribbon encircling nothing,

its metal, forged in fire and blood,

cold.

On Capitol doorsteps,

while the moon filled, emptied,

and filled again,

he nourished hungers for justice,

wakened peacemakers in us.

A nation's honor waits

for laughter of some day's children

born of ones who have not died for lies.

Veterans Day

November 11, 1986

 

Free; 2pm, VIA Poetry on the Move Reading, The Twig Book Shop, 200 E Grayson, (210) 826-6411, thetwig.com. To see a calendar of all National Poetry Month events in San Antonio, go to npmsa2012.com.

 

 

 

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