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Lancaster County’s first Poet Laureate, Barbara Buckman Strasko lives along the Conestoga River where she begins each morning writing poetry. A former Literacy Coach for the School District of Lancaster, Strasko is now the Poet in the Schools for Poetry Paths in Lancaster city. Here is one of her most recent poems…

Contour Drawing

At the very moment she thinks she is hiding

she shows herself. Without even lifting the pencil

I can draw the tiniest bird, the one that lands in front

of me. I will capture every feeling she might

possess and mine as well.

The train whistle in the distance pierces through

the locusts’ cry.

In early morning the light hits

only the tops of leaves like white paint saying

the words the mouth does not have

to create. The air is much cooler than I thought.

I want to be patient and loyal but still look after myself.

I could mark pluses on my paper, hoping zeroes

or minuses will never appear. I will live with that illusion,

not expel it, try to live close to the earth without picking

up the pencil.

Used by Permission of Barbara Buckman Strasko. Copyright 2010.

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