Jason de Koff - Parade

Updated: Jan 6, 2021


He went to the parade, the first one he’d been to, colors abounded, and people too.

A collection of those who were different, and yet, all the same, fun was the theme, and love the mission. The fancy sequined players, arrayed the route, adding to the festivities, with loud flowing feathers, and music of nations.

The drumbeat kept up, with the rattle of, cages sprung open, and birds flying freely, caressing the air with wings, spread wide to take in the world.

The crowd canvassed the scene, with eyes wide as happy mouths, and then no crowd, as all became players, in the mimicry of children, with delight on their faces, at having just learned to walk.


Jason de Koff is an associate professor of agronomy and soil science at Tennessee State University. He lives in Nashville, TN with his wife, Jaclyn, and his two daughters, Tegan and Maizie. He has published in a number of scientific journals, and recently has had poetry accepted in other literary journals.

Find Jason on Twitter: @JasonPdK3


How writing has affected Jason’s wellbeing: Working in a scientific field fulfils my need for logic and quantitative data-driven research. Writing helps to serve my need for creativity that I don't always get regularly in my career. The stay-at-home period allowed me to rediscover my love of writing poetry and this literary pursuit helped serve as an outlet for some of those boredom-filled days. Writing inspires me to see the world and to think differently.

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