A short book of 16 poems inspired by my husband, my Mother, and my photographs, this is a snippet, a burst, a chortle, a roar, a snap-word-shot of a moment.
The poems were written on two days (March 1st & 2nd, 2009) after a raw and impassioned lovers quarrel. They helped me rip out my sadness.
The photos were taken between the years 1998-2007 on my digital camera that I bought in Korea, but the photos are of NYC streets, subways, parks, life.
The moon unbuckled
All harnesses and off it soared,
Leaving the earth behind
To bemoan the loss.
The boat remained
Tied to it's dock, not even allowed
To rock in the waves
For fear that it, too,
Might magically wrangle free
Of its knots and commitments
To sail down the mythic river,
Chasing after the moon.
Me, I wasn't sure whether to be
Moon or boat, and in the end,
I was neither...
Betina Hershey Russo has always made up songs and poetry. She began journaling in 3rd grade, and got truly serious about poetry when she took Creative Writing from Tom Feigelson at LaGuardia H.S. She was an editor and contributor to her H.S. and college poetry review. She has written 5 childrens musicals, 4 CD collections of songs, and taken much joy in getting everyone around her to write poem and songs as well. For a living, Betina toured the world as Meg in Phantom of the Opera, Anybodys in West Side Story, Jackie in Pump Boys and Dinettes, Isabel in The Pirates of Penzance, and now she runs The Garden Players Musical Theater Program for Kids in Forest Hills, Queens. You can also find her teaching or performing swing dancing with her brother Shawn, and she has been brought to Bermuda to teach the president of the Bank of Bermuda to swing dance, a Parliament member to Tango Dance, and the head of the electric company to Merengue.