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In elementary school, I studied and memorized poetry to recite in front of class. Our grades depended on us learning and presenting 15 to 20 poems a year. I also wrote poetry for high school assignments. I still remember my first poem. It was a french assignment and my teacher, at the time, liked it so much he published it in the school journal (Cap-Eko);
Sometime later, a few friends and I decided to form a group that would meet every week and create what we called an apology of art, Vol-Art, and so I wrote more often. From then on, I think, I really fell in love with poetry and saw the real power of it. Poetry was no longer just a form of art for me but also a way to express my feelings/thoughts.
There are golden moments
of sun triumphant
maybe twenty minutes
after the lifeguards blow
their whistles, Get out, get out,
and everybody does just that,
except on the surfer beach
where the rich surfer kids
stand in their footless rubber
one-piece S & M training jammies,
as anything, anything that needs
accoutrement will do for a season.
I would not have spent less time
in the sandy golden library.