A part of the Traveling Stanzas: Writing Across Borders exhibit now on display at the Summit Artspace invites patrons to add to the conversation through poetry.

With a writing prompt of “Akron is …” visitors are encouraged at a computer station to add a line or two to an evolving poem about the city.

The following is an excerpt of the poem.

Akron is …

Akron whispers with the swish and swash

of down coats in January

Akron remembers my grandparents’ tavern,

the stories of rubber factories shared over spaghetti and Four Roses

Akron is the reflection of many voices

resounding with the rhythm of history

Akron has a skyline etched into my heart

Its streets tell the story of our community

Akron is enough voices

to turn a river around

Akron is a place to explore.

Akron whispers the swish and swash of down coats in January

Akron lights dance in the evening

and signal a brighter future for me

Akron warms me on cold evenings.

Akron smiles like a child seeing her father

come home from a long day at work.

Akron hustles and bustles with new promise

Akron resounds with the rhythm of history

Akron once hid the sweat of rubber workers

and now blooms with poetry and art at Summit Artspace

Akron is enough voices to turn a river around.

Akron is a hub for sports and stories of inspiration.

Akron is the reflection of many voices

Choices transformed into dreams realized for the oppressed

Stress is a thing of the past for the county of Summit

As we submit to the rubber foundation of a city

From Copley Rd. to Arlington St. We are now sitting pretty

Akron is the sun melting the snow on a warm, sunny winter day.

Akron has a skyline etched into my heart

Akron streets tell the story of our community

Akron dances under the sun in snowy shoes

Akron sings like a bird, free to fly and soar.