I was asked to speak at the re-opening of the Clark Memorial Library, as the Clarkdale author. I decided to write this poem to mark the occasion. October 19 is significant because it is also the 90th anniversary of the original opening of the library. With this in mind, I researched poetic forms which were popular 90 years ago. I discovered the Rondeau. This poem has fifteen lines. Twelve of them are 10 syllables long, with an alternating ABA rhyme. Then there are three repetitions of the five syllable refrain.
A Tribute to Clark Memorial Library, a Rondeau
(on its 90th Birthday and Grand Re-Opening)
More than a warehouse for storing old books,
a library’s a place for taking a look
at stuff that is in print or modern tech:
a documentary on someone’ trek:
an old recipe your grandma once cooked
with the trout granddaddy pulled out of the brook:
how to use Google to find the ways a crook
installs malware, makes your ‘puter a wreck.
More than a warehouse
for stale old words and dead thoughts, we come here to look
for our friends, or plan our ride on Amtrak,
or find a map to locate the vortex.
Just discover this Clarkdale book nook
is more than a warehouse.
"With all the beauty surrounding me here above the Verde Valley, how could I not create more beauty?"