Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Poets in Port, November 28, 2008

Poets in Port will feature Barbara Reiher-Meyers at 7:30 pm on Friday, November 28, 2008 at Caffé Portofino, 249 Main St., Northport, opposite the theatre. There will also be an Open Reading -- the audience is encouraged to bring their poems and music and participate. For more information, contact Steven Schmidt.

Barbara Reiher-Meyers is a Long Island, New York poet, board member of the Long Island Poetry Collective. Barbara also curates a poetry calendar for, has coordinated events for the Northport Arts Coalition and Smithtown Township Arts Council, among others. Her poetry has been published in print journals and on line. Barbara facilitates monthly workshops in Ronkonkoma, sends weekly Emails of local poetry events, and has edited several volumes of poetry. "Sounds Familiar" is the title of her first book of poems. Contact Some of Barbara's poetry can be read here, here, here, here, and here and she can be seen reading on Poetry Vlog.

This poem was sung on A Prairie Home Companion March 31st, 2007: (It can be sung to the tune of "Ta Ra Ra Boom- De-Ay" if that's legal. If not, you can thank Barbara & the persistence of a fool for planting the tune in your head, to resound for the next few days.)

Nature Poem

by Barbara Reiher-Meyers of Ronkonkoma, NY
It's poison ivy time;
get out the calamine.
It's not my favorite vine.
See how the blisters shine.

I'm itchy and forlorn.
It grows upon my lawn
from dusk to early dawn.
How I wish it was gone.

Three very shiny leaves
each Spring are my pet peeve.
The presents I receive
just spread and will not leave.

It makes my temper rise
when blisters grow in size.
I fight it as it tries
to creep up on my thighs.


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