Cynthia J. Patton

BIRDS AT NIGHT

In the stillness of lingering night,
a congregation of doves, larks,

finches and jays offer joyous chorus,
a serenade to the sullen sun who lazes

in his bed. I wish I could conjure
such hope from the comfort of my

fragile feathers. If only I could
understand what birds must know—

when dawn seems impossibly far,
this is the time to let one’s voice soar.


0-14CYNTHIA J. PATTON was appointed as the City of Livermore’s fourth Poet Laureate. Her term began July 1, 2017. Cynthia, a Livermore resident, is an attorney, author, consultant, and founder of the nonprofit organization, Autism A to Z. She has published two books on wetland protection and restoration, and a poetry collection, Across An Aqueous Moon: Travels in Autism (Finishing Line Press, 2016).

Her award-winning work has appeared in 14 anthologies, including the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series, plus numerous print and online publications, as well as her blog, An Unplanned Life. Two of her stories have been performed on stage, and the Museum of Motherhood featured her work as part of Mothers Are Making Art in November 2015.

Cynthia founded and hosts the popular Whistlestop Writers Open Mic at Swirl on the Square in downtown Livermore on the fourth Wednesday of the month. She formerly co-produced and hosted Storied Nights: An Evening of Spoken Word. She is a founding member of the Tri-Valley Branch of the California Writer’s Club.

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