2011 Induction Poem
Passionate for the Land, Sea, and Community
Think Iowa City, Kalona, and Ames. Think Mary Swander.
Iowa’s Poet Laureate is a fertile prairie of bloodroot,
toothwort, and Dutchman’s breeches. Flowers bloom
like her poems. Deeper roots, taller stems, higher wind-strumming
banjo blossoms find her front door to Heaven-and-Earth House.
She opens a poem with the fresh whiff of shooting star.
A passion for sea turtles inspired Rod Mast
at age 14 on a trip to the Galapagos Islands with his mother.
From Mississippi’s banks to Madagascar, he works to protect
marine life along all shores. As Mr. Leatherback the Turtle,
he promotes saving endangered species.
Conservation International travels in a leather suit.
The Boy Scout lives in Melvin Duncan, whose vision
for peace and justice went from den to globe.
He quests for resolutions of world conflicts with compassion,
leading his civilian Nonviolent Peaceforce
from Sri Lanka to the Sudan with the zeal
of a young man earning his next badge.
All-State awards in high school football, track,
and basketball served William C. Cribbs well
as an athlete appointed to U.S. Army Special Service Teams.
Athletic promise led to landscaping prowess
and a family business dedicated to bettering Davenport
for this progressive Affirmative Action Director.
A model of work ethic, Keith Jurgens is an Eveready Battery,
the light and power behind the Hall of Honor Scholarships.
His high drive has advanced Vander Veer Park,
Grant School, J.B. Young, and Central’s coveted Hall of Honor.
His thumb forwards the on-switch for high performance
in financial generosity that others might shine.
A “Y” member since youth, Mark Kilmer makes its mission his:
a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. Healthy living means
exercising the will to get things done for others.
For Central’s sports and music programs, Genesis, Vera French,
the John Deere Classic, and the Scott County YMCA,
his example animates the “Y” in “You.”
By: Nancy Priester Hayes & Dick Stahl