The poem by Roberts below is one that I first met while walking along the street in Takoma Park, MD -- a community that actively promotes the arts. Roberts' poem "Six" was displayed for my sidewalk reading in honor of National Poetry Month -- and my photo of that display is shown following the printed text of her poem. Enjoy!
Six by Kim Roberts
The number of feet to dig for a coffin.
The highest roll of the dice.
The symbol of Venus, goddess of love.
The atomic number of carbon.
As a prefix, either hex or sex.
A group of French composers in the 1920s.
The crystal structure of ice.
Equal to the letters M, N and O.
A senator’s term of office.
A bright red stop sign.
The most efficient shape for circuits.
The waxy architecture of the honeycomb.
The smallest positive integer
that is neither a square number
or a prime number. The age
I started the first grade. The number
of points on a Star of David. The number
of days it took to create the world.
Kim Roberts is the author of five books of poems, most recently The Scientific Method (WordTech Editions, 2017). She edited the anthology Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington, DC (Plan B Press, 2010), and co-edits the journals Beltway Poetry Quarterly and the Delaware Poetry Review. Her book of walking tours and writers’ portraits, A Literary Guide to Washington, DC from Francis Scott Key to Zora Neale Hurston will be released in 2018 from the University of Virginia Press. Visit her website to learn even more.
|"Six" by Kim Roberts -- displayed in Takoma Park, MD|