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For Mary Saflin who was 72, Kimberly Griffith who was 45, and her two daughters, Brenna, age 12 & Mikaela, age 8.

Five days after

their lives were lost

I drove along

Washington Boulevard

Loss hit me as I

Realized

Destruction

Benign

Debris strewn

Precariously

by Raging waters

in a place they

did not belong

upon grassy areas

in the woods

dry mud upon the road

where rain

had pelted the earth

whose belly

could hold no more

Swollen

Engorged

every weakness

Divulged

this road became

a wild

Phantom river

I cried

I prayed

I turned my head

and learned

just how high

those waters were

I wonder why the leaves survived?

the leaves of the bushes

and trees were

Painted by an

Artist of Death

dried earth

high upon the trees

there was one leaf

that had dried mud

only half way up

this was the place where

Devastation resigned

Tomorrow

rain will fall

Tomorrow

rain will attempt

to take away

Memories of today

wiping away

the bits of dried earth

from where

they don’t belong.

Kimberley Formosa © 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!
~Kimberley

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