Lisa Cohen ’75

Lisa Cohen ’75 works part-time as a webmaster and newsletter editor for her Unitarian Universalist Congregation. She began writing poems in 1995 to accompany her pastel drawings. Most of Cohen’s poetry focuses on nature or life issues. Written in June 2000, this selection, “Poetry at Dawn,” describes how she writes poems.

Poetry at Dawn

Between the hours of darkness and the dawn When the mind wanders between the subconscious      and the conscious And allows the creative juices to flow This is the time to write poetry Poetry which just flows out of me Word after word Line after line Filled with apt metaphors and colorful images The words flow with an ease that is absent in the harsh reality of daylight But do I want to wake myself up enough to write it down And will it make any sense in the morning?