We hope that your walk through the park has inspired your creativity. Send Poem Quest a poem of your own! You can write about your experience of the park, a spot in it that caught your attention, or a story about yourself and what brings you here. We would love to see it.

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Take a walk through Newark’s Riverfront Park searching for poems that tell the stories of the people who visit it! Listen to the poems by following the trail of photographs by photojournalist Ed Kashi that provide clues for discovering the poetry in and of Riverfront Park. 

Poetry has long been a means of personal storytelling; PoemQuest tells the story of Riverfront Park through the voices of local poets commissioned by Newest Americans to interview visitors and share their stories through poetry. The poets asked questions designed to understand how visitors are connected to the park and to New Jersey—Where did your family come from before settling in New Jersey? What brought you here? What brings you to this park? 

PoemQuest connects art to history through an interactive game that peoples the park with poetry. Once you play the game we encourage you to share your own poem about the journey that led you to Newark and your connection to Riverfront Park. Submit your poem

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Dania Rohani

Fifteen Read Poem

Dania Rohani


Dilapidated heart 
Mouth descends 
In Latin, she means beautiful  Cow-like coat 
Unable to contain her happiness, 
She searches for hands, 
Warmth and treats 
You look away, 
From the Earth that Bella plays in 
From the soccer field that held your dreams 
From a being that stares back
Smiles of ineffable reflection 
A reminder of a lover, 
Your face, a reminder of who is no longer here 
Fifteen and blossoming of a future, 
Promised a rose garden, 
Would you have stayed in school? 
Your departure, a mystery 
A few weeks and you’ll be homeschooled 
What will your future say in adages, 
Neff hat, purposeful on a cold day 
Acne on your cheeks 
Hallmark of youth, 
You say goodbye, 
I’m reminded of absence once more