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Get ready to hear from northern Illinois’ “prose pros." Poetically Yours airs Fridays during Here and Now at 12:31 and All Things Considered at 6:18 p.m. Hosted by WNIJ Arts Reporter Yvonne Boose, you will hear voices from northern Illinois poets as they share their words about the world around them. This weekly segment will give you a moment of pause and reflection as your wind down the week. If you would like to submit a poem for consideration, please send submissions to yboose@niu.edu

Poetically Yours - Ep. 45 - Sounds Remembered

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Susan Goldberg.

Welcome to WNIJ's Poetically Yours. Poetically Yours showcases poems by northern Illinois poets. Today's poem is by Rockford Writers' Guild member, Susan Goldberg.

Goldberg has been an attorney since 1990 and is Managing Attorney for UAW Legal Services in Belvidere, Illinois. She writes for the Illinois State Bar Association and for LexisNexis. Goldberg is married to Dan Goldberg and has three adult children. The best advice she’s ever received was to read aloud to her children. Today she reveals her favorite sound in her poem "Unheard."

I do not miss these sounds:

Screeching

Yelling

Scraping

Skidding

Harsh words.

You can keep them.

But I will give you these back, if you will just give me back one thing.

I will give up

The sound of breeze rustling the evergreens,

Waves lapping at the shore,

Music that floats in air.

I will even give you back

The sounds of

A door opening

A crowd cheering

The song of a robin

Just give me this back:

My children’s voices, as they jab their small fingers toward the summer night sky,

Their faces shining

As they count the stars

Out loud.

  • Yvonne Boose is a current corps member for Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project. It's a national service program that places talented journalists in local newsrooms like WNIJ. You can learn more about Report for America at wnij.org.