Monday, October 08, 2012

My First Poem


My very first poem was written in October 1981 at the age of 9. As a Fourth Grader attending P.S. 87 on Manhattan's Upper West Side, I embarked on a life of writing. The first lesson of a intense curriculum of writing was poetry. I composed the following poem much to the dismay of my teacher Mrs. Goldberg. Initially she rejected it as unsatisfactory. When I added the third stanza she accepted it with bitter resignation. If she only knew.....

M5 RiversideDrive
M5 Riverside Drive
Up the river
Up the park

M5 Riverside Drive
Down the river
Down the park

M5 Riverside Drive
I shake and shiver 
In the dark.

-Der Kosmonaut (1981)


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