Bill Newby

Cool Cleveland

West · Cleveland · Poetry

Winter comes again—
chill breezes by the water,
gray clouds blanketing the firs,
and shadow on every path.

Soon snow will spread silence
along each street.

Sun will stay hidden
during midday dark.

We will wrap ourselves in scarves
and return home with burning cheeks
to a welcomed fire
warming our frozen thighs,
forcing steam from our jeans.

Bill Newby

Bill Newby enjoys using poetry and prose to record, reshape and reflect upon daily experience. His work has appeared in Whiskey Island, Bluffton Breeze, Ohio Teachers Write, Palm Beach Poetry Festival’s Fish Tales Contest, Blue Mountain Review, Panoplyzine, Sixfold, and three Island Writers’ Network anthologies. He was a 2018 Pushcart Poetry Prize Nominee, and his first collection, Sea Chests or a Carry-On, is available from Amazon, and a second collection, Passing Through, will be published soon.


Neighborhood Voices is a city-wide creative writing project designed by Literary Cleveland and the Cleveland Public Library to engage writers across Cleveland, allowing residents to connect with neighbors, share stories of their community, and draft new writing about what makes their neighborhood unique.


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