Moving Words 2008 Poems

Dandelion

I wanted to show you
How to press one ragged nail
Into dandelion flesh
How to split the stem and inch your finger up
Until you meet the flower’s fur
Leave the green stalk in curls
Like Marie Antoinette’s
And your finger sticky
With summer’s milk.

- Madelyn Rosenberg

washington and lee highway (rush hour)

red brake lights march rain cold
and the boy is honeyed
a tight green bud a stamen pistil
all things growing.
Past concrete barrier, hubcap,
the median meadow holds
poppies in july august honeysuckle
black eyed.
The boy is lavender, aster
high goldenrod, a nest of bees.

- Natalie LeBeau

Penny

Lincoln, you look worn today
with Liberty weighing your shoulder down
and the Word of God hovering over
your hair like a written halo. Now blind
as Homer, you feel our hands pass you
forward—tell us your story great orator!
But our ears are metallic as yours. We leave
you face down in the street; your memorial
a copper bar code. The freedom in my pockets
feels dirty and thin as a fingerprint.

- Katie Kemple

A Lover’s Challenge

There is the water.
Walk.

- Philip Clark

Cucumber

Only the skin is ugly,
an armor against slugs and rot.
Inside is the newest pastel,
a color like noon sky where
it brushes the sun's glare, the last
moist swipe of cool before the burn.
On your eyelids, thin slices
wither, and seeds glisten
their melancholy balm.

- Kathi Morrison-Taylor

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band

There’s a New Orleans jazz station, as I sip
the morning coffee with trumpets and a struttin’ sax.
My headache is gone, God bless.
I’m dancing across the room spinning,
and haven’t taken a step.
With the Dirty Dozen Brass Band
and this delirium of (who cares whether life’s a mess?) rhythm,
it’s as if the day could go on forever. Like this!
Though I’m here now, and not tomorrow. La-dee-dum.
God Bless.

- Mel Belin

Did You Know?

11 Metrorail stops are located in Arlington.

CommuterPage.com News
One dead, three injured in Lanham crash

October 23, 2017, NBC Washington

Fatal crash in D.C. Monday

Dana Hedgepeth, October 23, 2017, Washington Post

Plans to widen area highways have hit barriers before

Katherine Shaver, October 21, 2017, Washington Post

Pedestrian killed in Rockville

October 21, 2017, NBC Washington

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Bikes counted

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110 Trail
584
14th Street Bridge
1698
Arlington Mill Trail
433
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
244
CC Connector
823
Clarendon EB bike lane
214
Custis Bon Air Park
1036
Custis Rosslyn
1173
Fairfax EB bike lane
144
Joyce St NB
101
Joyce St SB
49
Key Bridge East
1057
Key Bridge West
562
Military NB bike lane
62
Military SB bike lane
35
MVT Airport South
2429
Quincy NB bike lane
125
Quincy SB bike lane
78
Roosevelt Bridge
378
Rosslyn Bikeometer
0
TR Island Bridge
1518
WOD Bon Air Park
1522
WOD Bon Air West
1944
WOD Columbia Pike
0
WOD East Falls Church
1526
Wilson WB bike lane
274

Peds counted

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110 Trail
4455
14th Street Bridge
423
Arlington Mill Trail
849
Ballston Connector
0
Bluemont Connector
357
CC Connector
635
Custis Bon Air Park
704
Custis Rosslyn
671
Joyce St NB
127
Joyce St SB
182
Key Bridge East
4941
Key Bridge West
1992
MVT Airport South
391
Roosevelt Bridge
368
TR Island Bridge
1588
WOD Bon Air Park
1148
WOD Bon Air West
1082
WOD Columbia Pike
0
WOD East Falls Church
615

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7551608
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