Creative Writings

Creative Writings

Easter Dome
Susan Foreman
The Virus made me do it
Found castle in my home
Walked around my garden
Spring flowers I did clone
In spirit deep within me
That needed to be freed
From busy work with nothing
To contemplating tree
And absence from beach waters
Where humans frolicked once
Reminded me of childhood days
When I drank life like punch
Oh how Happy is my Heart
Sweet moments Find my Dome
For Easter Day is on its way
And I will Love from Home

Susan Foreman is a 40-year resident of Alameda and a local writer.

Wish for you from a tree
Amos White
As we are to emerge through 
this crisis 
tall and resolute,
reaching for sun 
like the tree
thru the mist of climate
we too must learn to emulate
to evolve
to clone old ways upon 
new branches 
and to support mother nature’s
to bring all back 
into one 

Alameda resident Amos White is a poet and also the Vice Chair for the Climate Emergency Mobilization Task Force, Bay Area.

Speaking Words of Wisdom 
Gene Kahane
The mirror is inside us now,
Leaping from self to self,
Over and through all the walls,
Forcing us into unwanted 
As it burrows,
Dancing in sharp heels,
Reinforced toes,
Wrecking furniture,
It’s inquiring—
Who are you?
What are you?
And what have you got?
They’re essay questions,
No multiple-choice,
No strategy,
Just truth.

We are such stuff as dreams are made on,
As we shop for elders,
Make masks for nurses and docs,
Teach and learn from home,
And listen to Dolly Parton read.

We must follow,
“…the better angels of our nature,”
And share not hoard,
Buy butter, not bullets,
Stay apart to keep it together,
Stay apart to keep it together.

And we must each be the leader,
Of our families,
Our communities,
And speak strength to fear:

We shall fight on the beaches,
we shall fight on the 
landing grounds,
we shall fight in the fields and in the streets,
we shall fight in the hills;
we shall never surrender.

Gene Kahane is one of Alameda’s poets laureate.


Editor’s note: Spending all this time indoors is inspiring many creative endeavors. Feel free to send short creative writings as well as those fiesty letters to