State of the City: Green, Greener (April 24, 2020)

Mayor

Indya Kincannon
mayor@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-2040

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Poem written for Mayor Indya Kincannon's first State of the City Address. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the address was presented via video on April 24, 2020.

By Marilyn Kallet


State of the City: Green, Greener

        Knoxville, Tennessee

1.
We’re cloistered today,
but our city

blossoms around us.
Other towns may turn envy-green
 
when they glimpse 
our maples and sassafras, 

silky dogwoods,
blousy magnolias,

Knoxville blooms, while we
shelter.

“Knoxville is so green!”
visitors say.

Mockingbirds and blue jays
agree.

2.
“Keep Knoxville 
Beautiful”

is near-rhyme.
Downtown

will see more art 
and innovation, 

as time rolls on, 
past fear.

Green is the bridge
Mayor Kincannon

traversed
with Rogero.

Let's croon harmony 
from trails 

or laptops. Germs 
don’t know 

who’s a Big Wig
or a clown.

So we’re
Zooming in.

Coda
Our daughter Heather was born here,
rates the friendliness 

of other cities by
Knoxville's smile.

Dogwoods shed 
petal memos:

You are not alone.
Knoxville, we adore

your good
nature. Apart,

we'll work as
one

resilient
neighborhood!