Friday, October 26, 2012

Greenwood Festival August 2012

The Wolfeboro Summer Boarding School holds an annual  Poetry and Prose Festival, in memory of George Greenwood, beloved English teacher at Wolfeboro and at The Episcopal Academy in Pennsylvania. On the occasion of the August 2012 festival, I wrote the poem below:

In memory of George Greenwood

Benches have been arranged,
A kind of tabernacle;
New Hampshire pines and oaks
Filter August light
As if through stained glass.
We have gathered for a reading
And note the absence of
Fathers and mentors,
Teachers and friends,
How they would have urged on
These young people, seeking after
Poetry, in words new to them.
I tell the dark-haired boy:
You have written a poem;
That makes you a poet.