I, Rose Marie Raccioppi, am the first ever to be designated as Poet Laureate for the Town of Orangetown, New York. The designation came from the many presentations I have given over the years as an activist, using originally written poems, by way of introduction or closing, as pleas for attention or support of children's special needs and the environment. Other poems were written and presented in honor of those whose lives were lost serving in the military.
Poems I wrote in response to 9/11 were also presented at both public and private memorial services. These were exhibited at Orangetown Town Hall and at the Legislative Chambers of Rockland County. The poem, "Where Does The Pain Go," in response to 9/11, was made into a musical and dance performance. A reproduction of the original painting upon which the poem was superimposed was presented as a fund raiser. http://www.apogeepoet.blogspot.com/2009/05/where-does-pain-go.html APOGEE Poet: "Where Does The Pain Go - 9/11 ." Another one of my poems, "The Aftermath," engraved in glass superimposed upon my painting, is on permanent display as part of "The Wall of Heroes," at the Rockland County Legislative Chambers, New York.
Since my first community presentation in 1975, as an activist for children with learning disabilities, poetry has been my shared voice of soul. When diagnosed with cancer in 1983, writing poetry became the deepest source of solace and healing. This the journey to, "The Wind and the Willow," published in 2008.
A poetry blog was initiated in January of 2009 and has to date, a posting of 669 of my original poems, http://www.apogeepoet.blogspot.com
It is with a deep respect and reverence for the art of poetry that I am so honored.
To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.
1810 - 1856
this pulsing passion in word and deed
'tis the destiny of soul in loving creed
pen or brush each guided by heart
from which word and image bear their start
color and sound to convey soul's quest
this gift of purpose a known behest.
And as I prepare for the designation...
should I accept in silence
and all knowing be THE WORD
or expressions of gratitude be the heart heard
consider the honor I say
be there ever celebration of THE WAY
choose a gesture that springs from heart
from which all loving has its start
and all in JOY shall rejoice
for L♡VE is ever ever the choice.
Rose Marie Raccioppi