Today, April 1, 2019, marks the beginning of the annual National/Global Poetry Writing Month. The first gauntlet flung down is to write a poem based on the idea of making something. A friend suggested parchment. This became to me how to make the parchment, the memories worth placing on parchment and that how this might be illuminated, bound and kept safe for a family’s memory.
A Parchment To Write On by Michael Romani Starting with a rich, dark cup of coffee You might begin to ponder with me Just how to create the vellum of yesteryear Or something quite alike and near Much like veal only different, calfskin is prepared From the membrane by which words are ensnared To tell a story that is warm and inviting The type of a story worthy of its writing With the scrape of a crescent shaped knife Comes the unveiling of a once lived life Like the drive through Joshua Tree's near 70 miles Filled with panoramic views and endless smiles Where a person might climb massive rock formations And stroll through a cactus garden offering incantations Where one might marvel at an oasis filled with water While learning to be a kind and loving father And a winter's abundant rain sprouts into wildflowers As springtime arrives with its countless hours There is the tree likened to arms outstretched in prayer And the ocotillo's red blooms blossoming everywhere There in these sparkling visions worth illuminating Are the veining sheets drying and then waiting Writing now is easier than the lines and columns That only yesterday required the quire's negotiated slaloms And the words chosen with warmth and simplicity Offer up their very best in practiced complicity Summarized within the bindings of embellished gilt Where travels told offer their charm and are felt The stability of well kept memories preserve against humidity And in so doing become a family's cherished memory (c) April 1, 2019 Michael Romani All Rights Reserved