Thursday, May 21, 2020
  • In honor of the Middlefield mural turning one year old this week. Here is a poem about the mural written by a San Mateo County resident. 

    Megan Duffy Brown

    Megan Duffy Brown


    Life at the Center—

    a poem inspired by Jose Castro’s Middlefield Mural 

    Power is out 
    across the Bay
    you have heard this—
    buildings of coal rise 
    at waters’ edge
    stark antagonising soft

    in North Fair Oaks
    a pink rose of grace
    springs forth
    popping golden sun 
    from a book

    get with 
    science   math    technology

    all the children here 
    get STEAMed
    but the train 
    that takes you 
    to your engineering job
    stops a mile 
    out of town 

    this is history 

    expect an education

    that feeds your well
    runs beneath these streets

    into an open hand
    an apple will fall
    will reveal its fruit and seed

    you might need 
    the same thing as history
    as the struggling urban store
    a young girl learning to read
    those waiting for rain

    at the edge of darkness 
    you can always
    climb a tree

    you awaken
    on a busy day 
    at the center 
    of town