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A young child

a grandson

two years old


in the front seat

behind the wheel

of a convertible

with the roof





the sun out

skies of blue

with Grandma


at his side

bounteous smiles


with love


at his other side

standing outside

of course

cause grandbaby

has it all

under control


pale with

reddened eyes

as though she slept

upon clenched fists

long unkempt hair

dirty clothes

her body crying

for more heroin


I could feel her

writhing pain

in the middle of town

the sun out

skies of blue

she bent down

picking up a



smoked cigarette

we each caught

a glimpse of the other

she looked down


maybe in shame

I looked up


maybe with hope

and a prayer

for her life


There we were

crossing the

Hot Metal Bridge

all along

the entire span

were strung











Photo by Ed Rieker for Aerie by American Eagle



bras in every color

every texture

every cup size

all strung there

high above

the sun out

skies of blue

hope gleaming down


breast cancer

far, far, away

Kimberley Formosa © 2011


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September 14, 2001

Jets flying

Tabitha Rogers, 8, carries flags while helping prepare for a 9/11 memorial.

Tears streaming

Hearts united

Hands held

Prayers rising

Candles burning

We are America







Stand together

Side by side




We are America

Kimberley Formosa © 2011

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April 14 is national Poem in Your Pocket DayPoem In Your Pocket Day

Celebrate national Poem In Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 14, 2011!

The idea is simple: select a poem you love during National Poetry Month then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, and friends.

Poems from pockets will be unfolded throughout the day with events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces, and bookstoresCreate your own Poem In Your Pocket Day event using ideas below or let us know how your plans, projects, and suggestions for Poem In Your Pocket Day by emailing npm@poets.org.

Along with your library, bookstore, or shelf at home, you can find the perfect poem for your pocket bybrowsing Poets.org, or by signing up to receive a poem from new spring poetry titles each day during April.

Download pocket-sized Poem PDFs to print and share:

Poem In Your Pocket Day has been celebrated each April in New York City since 2004. Each year, city parks, bookstores, workplaces, and other venues burst with open readings of poems from pockets. Even the Mayor gets in on the festivities, reading a poem on the radio. For more information on New York City’s celebration, visit nyc.gov/poem.Highlights from past Poem In Your Pocket Day events.

Poems have been stowed in pockets in a variety of ways, from the commonplace books of the Renaissance to the pocket-sized publications for Army soldiers in World War II. Have a story about the marriage of the poem and the pocket? Send them to npm@poets.org.

I hope you have fun picking out a poem and sharing it with others throughout your day!


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Join the local authors of the poetry anthology “Writing on Water” to help celebrate National Poetry month. Share one of your own poems or a favorite poem. Excerpts from the poetry anthology will also be read that day. Light refreshments will be served. National Poetry Month is a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets. The concept is to widen the attention of individuals and the media-to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage.

Welcome to the Art of Poetry


Oakmont Carnegie Library

700 Allegheny River Blvd.
Oakmont, PA 15139


Saturday April 2, 2011 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Hope to see you there!

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Dedicated to Lacey.

A chocolate morsel of a moral.

A sign of character

Inner Strength





Is so often viewed during times of success

Climbing the Ladder


The Winner Takes All




Gold Medal


Yet it is in my

Trials of enduring the unknown, fear, pain

Attempts to better myself and the lives I encounter

Choice to bring beauty, hope, peace into my world

Devotion to remain true to my God and those I love

Conscious decision that ultimately

reflects my attitude toward either

promoting the positive or the adverse

in any given moment


My character should not be measured by my success

but by the path I walk.


Which brings me now to the title of this poem,

that obviously took me to a place I knew not of

when I first contemplated the idea of


Chocolate Mousse


I know of a young girl

of who shall I say

has had a burden to bear

for the last eight months

of her teenage life.

She has been

Accused of portraying her injury by both adults and her peers.

These accusations have been made publicly.

          Privately whispered in her ear.

                   Rumored from one to another.

In front of her.                                      Behind her back.

All of these accusations were committed and endured

repeatedly for quite a long time.

To be followed by a few apologies. Not many, not all, only a few.

Finally, after all of the accusations quiet, or so we may assume since we have heard of none recently, her physical symptoms escalate. She is faced with the reality and possibility of two debilitating and fearful diseases. What does this young girl do at the end of the day?

She does something beautiful.

She makes Chocolate Mousse.

Not the instant kind. Oh no.

The egg yolk

Whipping heavy cream

Melting lovely chocolate

Blending it all together

Until a heavenly loveliness

Is rendered by her

Caring and thoughtful ways.

And then she shares.

At the end of her day

She focuses on hope

Living her life to prove it.

Where do you find yourself when most everyone you respect turns their back on you? She had to advocate for herself in many situations where adults were in complete defiance, not only to their chosen profession, but to an ailing child. Those that had the power to help her rallied together and claimed they had “no obligation” to help her. They had “no obligation” to care for her needs unless it was included on a signed legal agreement. Really, I am telling you the truth. They had “no obligation.” Bear with me here as I write it one more time to coincide with how many times they communicated it verbally and written about an injured child. “We have no obligation…”

From out of pain, beauty.


Are you strong enough to remain beautiful when your health, your livelihood and even your life are in jeopardy of never being who you were before tragedy strikes? Can you even endure the thought that your tomorrow may never be? Can you lay your head down to slumber knowing that you chose not to be obligated to another human being when it was indeed in your power to initiate change?

Will you make Chocolate Mousse

Bake cookies or bread

Smile in the mirror

Pick a flower

Call an old friend

Be kind to yourself

Or another

Or maybe a stranger

Would you rather be greeted by dreams of peace

because you have thus spent your day?

Giving has such a remarkable way of lingering

Within the very heart that chose to give.

Kimberley Formosa © 2011

http://markconner.typepad.com/ A Picture of HOPE January 23, 2011



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By making us stop for a moment, poetry gives us an opportunity to think about ourselves as human beings on this planet and what we mean to each other. ~Rita Dove

Dear Reader,

I am pleased to announce that the members of the Allegheny Valley Poets have published our first book of poetry!
Allow me to introduce you to the poets:
Brian Bell was born in Crabtree, Pennsylvania. He was the 1997 valedictorian of Duquesne University‘s McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts. He lives in Chruchill, Pa with his wife Sheila, six-year-old son Parker, and two-year-old daughter Selina. Brian writes with frankness and truth. He can take a memory or an experience and chisel it out on the page so that as you read his work, you might also touch it.
Julie Cecchini lives in Penn Hills, PA. She is a member of Allegheny Valley Poets, Monroeville Poets and Penn Hills Writers Workshop. Her poems have appeared in various journals. Julie always finds a way through her words to make us smile and laugh.
Arthur Erbe, who lives in Oakmont, teaches literature at the University of Pittsburgh. He enjoys classical music, playing the piano, reading books on his Kindle and attending creative writing workshops. Arthur is the leader of our poetry group, Allegheny Valley Poets, and rallies us all together to learn and share through different venues such as workshops and public readings.
Charles Erdeljac lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania and has worked in education for thirty-eight years. He and his wife Susan enjoy their four children and three grandchildren. Chuck is a writer who through any experience can portray the power of emotion to draw the reader in and to contemplate that which has been said.
Kimberley Formosa (me 😉 )is the mother of six children and has one granddaughter. She is a Registered Nurse and enjoys volunteering in the community of Oakmont. In her free time she enjoys dwelling upon the written word penned by others or from the ink that pours from the pen in hand.
Michael Frachioni lives with his wife Christie in Penn Hills, where they revel in their children Maggie, Charlie,  and Peter. Michael is a great man with the strength to portray his poetry with gentleness.
Elaine Morris is an artist working and exhibiting in many forms of media. The Permanent Collection of Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Art includes her works. Her life in small towns along the Ohio and Allegheny Rivers is an ongoing theme in her poetry. She lives in Oakmont. Elaine also provided the original and beautiful cover design for our book.
Amber Savka, a former English teacher now full-time mother of three, lives in Penn Hills where she spends her days caring for and teaching her children. In those rare quiet moments, she writes and plays the piano. Amber has the talent to take a moment and present it to the reader in an intimate setting. As though she were writing for you, and you alone.
Writing on Water can be purchased several places in Oakmont, Pennsylvania: Cafe Vita , Mystery Lover’s Bookshop, Hippie House Coffee, as well as the Oakmont Carnegie Library. There are also books of poetry that can be purchased at the University of Pittsburgh Bookstore.  If you are interested in receiving a book via USPS, just contact me and I will take care of you!
All proceeds will benefit the Oakmont Carnegie Library.
I would like to thank all who have been involved in the writing, designing, editing, publishing, and marketing of Writing On Water. A very special thank you to Paul Bolam for his generous contribution for the printing.
Thank you dear reader for all of your love and support!

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Into my arms you were placed

"Care is a state in which something does matter; it is the source of human tenderness." ~Rollo May

your breath brought life

to be embraced

A fevered brow upon my palm

an anxious heart quietly calmed

His eyes are closed

he lies quite still

Music from my heart

this room will fill

There is loneliness

There are tears

I will comfort through all your fears

By your side

I will hold your hand

as you leave for another land

Kimberley Formosa © 2010

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