"Giving the mayor comp tickets to Words Aloud 2 www.durhamart.on.ca/wordsaloud He's going to open the festival by reading What We Love Here." liz zetlin
Elizabeth Zetlin is amazing, she is by far one of my favorite people and poets, so when she sent out an email asking what we love about the Grey County area, for an upcoming poem she was writing, which would be presented to and then read by Mayor Becker at a West Grey Council meeting, in support of Random Acts of Poetry Week; I was of course quick to share. Grey County, and more specifically, the little towns of Priceville and Flesherton are where I grew up, and I am still coughing up gravel roads.
So here is the poem she created, and below the poem is a list of all the contributors, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did:
WHAT WE LOVE HERE
The molasses dark eyes of cattle, fields of goldenrod, coyotes howling at night.
The smells — warm mud as the snow melts, baking clay under the summer heat, resting leaves in the fall bush, clean snow-wrapped evergreens in the cold night — not sealed from scent by the city.
The blanket of people that, if you let it, tucks you tight into the community. Because a paradise without people is not worth stepping into.
The blanket of quiet at sunset that settles you into night.
The inner beauty of strangers who take the time to greet newcomers like me.
The moon rising, especially the crescent moon, out of the dark waters and sky of Georgian Bay.
The sheer beauty of cedar struggling in the cracks of the cliffs towering above you.
How people work together, to make things happen. Even people with big, conflicting egos!
Where poetry is becoming the 4th “P,” along with Pipes, Pavement and Police.
The way fern and moss carpet you with a green silence.
How time stands still on ancient limestone, humbles you, makes you feel at home.
The rush from swimming under the raft at Flesherton Pond. The great sausage cart at Eckhart’s Shell.
The Durham Art Gallery and the Words Aloud Festival because we have the best audiences – they really pay attention!
How trees touch overhead and beckon to secret lanes. At each bridge a different river – the Rocky, the Saugeen, the Sydenham.
The way sky surprises on a ribboned rise. Side-road applesauce and pies just for the taking.
Endless possibilities at our doorstep. You don’t have to go anywhere else.
What brought each of us here, what makes us stay, is what binds us together.
This is the place where we leave our memories when we are not using them.
D. Akyurekli, Owen Sound Bill Boudreau, Owen Sound Jane Garland, Flesherton Grace Glass, Durham Bill Hawkes, Owen Sound Anne Duke Judd, Port Elgin Karen & Georg Maier, Durham Cheryl Kryzaniwsky, Saugeen Shores Donna Messecar-Miller, Grey County Ruth Nielsen, Sauble Beach Dawna Proudman, Durham Barry Randall, Owen Sound Geoffrey Shea, Durham Rhya Tamasauskas, Toronto & Flesherton David Turner, Flesherton Judith Turner, Durham Liz Zetlin, Traverston