Douglas High graduate receives writing honor
May 7, 2007
Carson Valley Swim Center director Kirk Chiapella’s daughter Kristina wrote the poem of the year at University of California, Santa Clara.
Kristina was one of 17 2005 Douglas High School graduates who received a full-ride Raymond Berner Foundation Scholarships.
A quick Google search reveals that Kristina is writing for The Santa Clara, the university’s weekly newspaper. She’s had more than two dozen bylined stories.
I want to climb
and stare at clouds from 30,000 feet
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to leave footprints with my burning muscles
on the diamond hard ice.
I want to see
my name in harsh fluorescent lights
screamed across red carpets
and splashed like coffee on your newspaper
to leave kisses with fever-red lipstick
on the minds of the world.
I want to mix chemicals
explode them like fireworks in my test tubes
something so acid it will burn
your cancer up like kindling
so you can get out of that hospital bed
and breathe into fresh air
silent with wonder.
I want to stand
on Florentine streets with my gypsy brethren
selling roses to gelato-eating tourists
and when they stop at the kiosk to buy their souvenirs
and find their wallets gone
they will mutter angry curses and know
that I have been here.
I want to swim
through the blood stream of my children
to pack up my love for them
in brown paper bags with turkey sandwiches
to scold good sense into their bones
and tuck them in at night with a story
dusting them with the essence of myself
so that I will live on forever in their minds.
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Record-Courier Advertising Manager Joanna Reeves’ last day was Wednesday. She is going to work in Coos Bay for Janet Geary.
Joanna started her tenure with Swift Communications at The R-C around Thanksgiving 2000.
She left in July 2002 to take over as ad director of the Tahoe Daily Tribune and then returned to The R-C in January 2004. She was the originator of The Business Record. She wrote a column in that publication I would have been happy to have for the regular edition.
Joanna and her husband Bill live in Carson City and were near victims of the fire that swept through the west side. They were both great fun at our get-togethers and will be missed.
— Kurt Hildebrand is editor of The Record-Courier. Reach him at 782-5121, ext. 215.