Poetry in Plain Sight is a program coordinated by Winston-Salem Writers that showcases poetry in various retail and restaurant establishments throughout the Winston-Salem arts district. Every month new poets are selected and it is free to enter – read all about it here and send your work!
The March reading was hosted yesterday and myself, Valerie Nieman, and Jennifer Greenholt read our poems that will be featured this month around the city. Malinda Fillingham was also selected, but she was unable to attend. It was hosted at an adorable book shop – Barnhill’s Books – and there was standing room only. I was extremely impressed with how well the event was organized. There are so many great literary pockets around North Carolina and it makes me love this state even more!
Here is the poem I wrote that was selected:
Tea Time at Loch Ness
Not many people have seen Bigfoot.
He keeps a low profile,
but he loves high tea.
He packs a picnic every Thursday:
Fresh honey, wildberry scones, pine nut maple cake.
He lumbers through the woods
to a spreading mountain lake,
sits upon a waterlogged stump
and waits for Nessie.
She breaks the surface of the water
with her arched neck,
bent like the birch along the shore.
Then the mossy marbles of her eyes lock with his.
She brings haggis sandwiches and caviar.
In the shadows they feast and discuss their stealth lifestyles.
They laugh and sip their tea.