Colorado Poet Laureate Bobby LeFebre is offering words of poetic inspiration for the people of Colorado through the COVID-19 crisis:
Love in the time of Corona
Today, my love,
let the crackle of the world burning outside our door
be the music we slow-dance to.
Let us unclench our raised fists to make space for each other’s hands;
run with me until we no longer see the smoke.
When we arrive at this imaginary place, there, where nothing else is,
we will experience what no one else can.
This beautiful fiction.
This escape from all that is imploding.
There, let me taste the warmth of sun’s rays on your lips.
Let me float lazily like driftwood,
losing myself along the river in your eyes—
as the butterflies flutter and the hummingbirds hum,
let me braid honeysuckles into your hair.
Lay your head upon my heart.
Let the pillow pitter-patter promises to you in a language
only we are fluent in —
may the songbirds serenade us while the peacocks prance.
When the sun begins to take its daily bow,
let us try and convince it an encore.
For in the distance,
the flames are still flickering, the bullets are still flying,
and soon, my love, we will smell the smoke.
Colorado Poet Laureate Bobby LeFebre is an award-winning writer, actor, playwright and two-time Grand Slam champion poet who was named the 2019 Colorado Theatre Person of the Year by the DCPA’s True West Awards. The Denver native is a National Poetry Slam Finalist, an Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist and a two-time TEDx speaker. He has performed at hundreds of cultural events, social actions, detention centers, conferences and colleges and universities across the United States and abroad. LeFebre is also co-founder of Cafe Cultura, an award-winning nonprofit that uses poetry as a tool for youth literacy. LeFebre, who wrote Su Teatro’s 2019 world premiere play ‘Northside,’ is a graduate of North High School, Metropolitan State University of Denver and the University of Denver. Find his web site at bobbylefebre.com