Susan Birkeland Poetry

January 18, 1961 ~ Nov. 18 2006


Susan Birkeland

by Ann Cohen

Golden blonde curls so wild that braids were in twines to keep them tame.
Spinning in the middle of the room filled with people enamored with her beauty.
Susan would spin away and enchant all around her.
She councils many with a direct line with the hereafter that is so wise.
I over heard one of her friends say that Susan was his protector.
Susan’s dreams are shared with fair maidens from the beginning of time.
I also as a young woman dreamed of having a child and loving husband and home.
Poetry, writing in her journal at Muddy Waters and painting in her small home
Are the muses that stayed with Susan through out her life, as I knew it.
We will again dance and celebrate our joys in the heavens above.

©Ann Cohen 12/1/02


Ann Cohen was a close friend of Susan's.
Ann Cohen and Susan BirkelandMany a night Susan and Ann would talk into the wee hours of the night about life and Susan and Ann worked on many projects together at the Transmission Theater and the Paradise Lounge in San Francisco.
Ann backed her late husband Allen Cohen on bass, guitar and harp when he would perform his poetry around the country and she and Allen have two books of poetry published that Ann illustrated. The Book Of Hats and Like a Radiant White Dove.
Ann has drawn thousands of bands south of market and people out socially in the bay area. Her art is widely collected and has appeared in Beatitude magazine, Relix, and Split Shift. Cd Rom, Haight Ashbury in the Sixties with the Grateful Dead.
Ann is a teacher of children for 26 years in Walnut Creek. She spends her day composing music with and for children and taking care to make sure that our future leaders will have the muse with-in and make responsible decisions for man-kind and our planet. Ann Cohen website