POETRY FOR A WARSHIP

  • 14753315_10157722525465037_1951047886415534346_o.jpgMarty5.jpgI was a part of a ceremony Monday Oct. 24, 2016Marty1.jpg representing the City of Windsor as its poet laureate. The event marked the first port of call at an international destination of the U.S. warship the U.S.S. Detroit. The 115 m ship was officially commissioned in Detroit on Saturday, and will be docked at Dieppe Gardens in Windsor for the next four days. I was there among a crowd of citizens, military officers, veterans, and city officials in Dieppe Gardens to officially welcome the ship. I was asked to read a poem in this welcoming ceremony. I read “They Sing to the Sky.” Presented to Commander Michael P. Desmond captain of the warship, was a copy of that poem, framed alongside the keys to the city. These photographs were taken by Christopher Menard of the City of Windsor and local photographer Edison Goodfellow.