ROSELLE PARK – Poet Leona M Seufert will read her poem “The Memory Keeper’s Promise” at this year’s Roselle Park annual Sept. 11 remembrance service on Friday Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. at the town’s Michael J. Mauri Park.
Each year Seufert picks a theme that reflects upon the year that just passed. She felt that after eight years what is important to express now are the continuing feelings of loss over loved ones. These feelings never really go away over the years. However, she wanted to inject a positive note into this theme of ongoing grief, so in “The Memory Keeper’s Promise” she describes how loved ones can live on as long as one person on earth remembers him/or her.
In her poems, Seufert doesn’t refer directly to the losses as Sept. 11-related. Instead, she builds a word picture using the everyday occurrences that jog ones memory and bring back loved ones in spirit only. She says, “Everyone eventually loses someone close to them. We all can relate to that feeling of absence that continues to permeate ones life once the loved one is gone. References to the actual Sept. 11 event are distracting and superfluous, it is far more powerful to talk about memories, about how daily life has changed, about that empty feeling that never goes away.”
On Sept. 9, Seufert will read other poems from her 2009 “suite” at the Barron Art Center PoetsWednesday series. The Barron Arts Center is located at 582 Rahway Avenue, Woodbridge.
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