Roselle Park’s Poet Laureate Takes Part In Borough’s Anniversary Celebration

Leona Seufert reads “Moments In Time” at a ceremony celebrating the 112th anniversary of Roselle Park's incorporation.

Leona Seufert reads “Moments In Time” at a ceremony celebrating the 112th anniversary of Roselle Park’s incorporation.

ROSELLE PARK – March 22, 2013 marked the 112th anniversary of the incorporation of Roselle Park. On Thursday, March 21, there was a commemorative ceremony held at the Town Council Chambers. The program included a recounting by resident Edward Leonard of the historical events leading up to the incorporation, a signing by Mayor Joseph Accardi – with the original pen – of an annual proclamation making March 22 “Roselle Park Day”, and a reading of her original poem “Moments In Time” by Roselle Park’s Poet Laureate, Leona M Seufert.

Seufert wrote “Moments In Time” specifically for this event. Its four parts recount the transformation of Roselle Park from a colonial settlement to the township of today. Upbeat and laced with relevant imagery of the town past and present along with references to important people who had visited, Seufert captured the essence of what makes Roselle Park the town it is today.

“In composing this poem, I did a lot of research into its history. Plus, having been a resident for the last 27 years, the more recent history is part of my life. Roselle Park has seen a lot of changes, both at its beginnings and during the last decade. No one can foresee the future, however, I chose to end on a positive note stating ‘For this is a spirited community of families, workers, volunteers, civil servants. One square mile, One heart…The future is ours to shape’ ”

Seufert, a Roselle Park resident and who, for the third year, holds the honor of being designated as the town’s Poet Laureate. She has published two poetry chapbooks, The Memory Keeper’s Promise – Reflecting on Loss and Remembrance as a vehicle to raise funds for Stand Up 2 Cancer, a charity that works on finding cures for cancer. It is not just a fundraising piece but also a written memorial to those who passed away in her life. Also included are the poems that she read at each of the Roselle Park 9/11 memorial services. Her first chapbook, From Here To There And Back Again, A Commuter’s Journey, was published in 2007 and is a witty, insightful collection of poems she wrote about her daily commute into New York City over a 12 month period. In 2004 she self published The 9-11 Year, a signed, limited edition, hand bound book of poems and essays about the aftermath of 9/11 that came from a journal she kept during the year following the World Trade Center destruction.

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