Cupertino’s Sixty Year Sonnet

To honor Cupertino’s 60th Birthday, Jennifer Brown wrote this poem, which was published in the Cupertino Courier, September 25, 2015.

Sixty Year Story & More

You can’t be born or buried in Cupertino—
no hospitals, no graveyards. People come
to our city to work, to go to school, to live
with the likes of us, right here. Weirdly square
on the map, we stand on land both old and new.
Change is great and terrible and never ends.
The creek where first Ohlone stood – now dry.
The apricot cannery corner gone – except
in memory. A father brought his family
to streets where paving over prune trees was
the modern way. Now buildings named for new fruit
crowd the proud roads, green with bike lanes glittering.
60 years of safe and happy homes—
you might just be the coolest city we know.

You can read the article that accompanied the poem, “Telling the poetic story of Cupertino as city turns 60” at this link.

With thanks to Matt Wilson of the Courier for all his encouragement.

 

Search for New Laureate Underway

The search is on for the next (third) Cupertino Poet Laureate. Please read about the position and download the form from the city’s website at this link.

Applications are due to the city by July 10, 2015. The new PL will be chosen this fall and start official duties in January 2016.

image of city of cupertino helmet

The above photo is Dave Denny handing over the reins to me at my welcome ceremony in November 2013.

It’s a good gig — I recommend it —