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Updated If for Girls
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Updated If for Girls

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If you can use clothes to look attractive,
Yet not make appearance your sole or chief delight;
If you can run and swim, and stay strong and active,
But never lose your gentler side and kinder sight;
If you can dance without shame or critical acclaim,
And play without conforming…

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Allotted Intervals
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Allotted Intervals

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Allotted Intervals

 

And death mocked me

in my presumed final moments…

Eternal peace taunted me

as it slipped through my grasp.

 

I watch the sands fall

in the hour glass…

 

Clarity returns

along with reality.

Our time is limited;

it will end.

 

and there is too much

left to do

to give up now.

 

Copyright Dani Heart

1/15/14

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Let Americans be Americans Again!
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Let Americans be Americans Again!

Let Americans be Americans again.
Let us dream once more the dream that made us see.
Let true patriots arise and renew their claim.
In the home of the brave and the land of the free.

Let Americans recall the Framers’ dream—
Let’s build together that bountiful land we have sworn to love
Where never tyrants strive nor traitors scheme
Nor anyone need bow to those above.

O, let Americans stand for a true land of Liberty
One marred with no false pride or gross pomposity,
Where opportunity shines bright enough for all to see,
And the air’s redolent with the scent of…

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The Mentor
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The Mentor

 

teacher

 

 

I did not know his name but he was a catalyst

A new blogger was I, exploring space clouds

Writing thoughts of politics, poetry, platitudes

Into a vast arena I ventured, unsure, hesitating

Wanting only to write yet needing to be part of

Who would care, who would read, did it matter

Surprise came in a message from beyond keys

You have no avatar!

What is an avatar?

And so it went with this person unidentified

Known only as Topmaker an intriguing name

As time went on he offered his hand in help

I thought…

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Act Two
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Act Two

Dance with me in rain-puddled streets dotted with lampposts
Do your Gene Kelly and give me your pointy umbrella twirl
Then turn the corner and let’s start again in wind-warp speed
And now you are my real time lover, yes baby, oh yes you are
Just drive the car, no wait, that’s our song, pull over right there
Fold my arms and throw yours around me as we sing all mellow
And dance right here on gravel roadside as cars roll by lighting us
Like klieg stage auras with theater never better than this scene, baby
All those things we…

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The Tree
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The Tree

The Tree

 

The tree where first we met

shaded us as I fell into your arms

giddy and spent, after you chased me

round it till I could run no more.

Squeals and laughter brought the

envy of onlookers as they spied our

perfect, private, public moment

tussling in the leaves…

 

All the world’s a stage.

 

Our tree in spring was vibrant green

and burgeoning with promise as we

picnic’d beneath it discussing all

our hopes, plans and dreams.

We happily languished in the

euphoria that is new love.

 

The tree, our tree, is barren now…

Under wet gray skies I cling to it

for support, lest I collapse into…

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Justice, Poetic or Otherwise
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Justice, Poetic or Otherwise

I can only hope that Karma

comes round to those that

take advantage of innocent

Hearts…

 

That despite the propensity

of prideful puffing…

I can rest well in the knowledge

that all is not as it seems

 

That underneath the public

personna of well to do

 

Lies the ravages of struggle

that one has to go through

when finally earning their keep

 

© 11/23/13

Dani Heart

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For Now
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For Now

For Now…

Lil sister spins round in circles

oblivious to her public surroundings.

She is alive in the moment

embracing all that she perceives with open arms.

For now,  she revels in her innocence.

Her sweet little light radiates and it is infectious.

She is completely unaware of the dangers

that await her growing up as a commodity

in a world wrought with exploitation ,

gender inequality and  isms innumerable.

For now,  big sister watches, directs, and looks out for

little sister… she is safe and protected in the womb of family…

For now…

 

©10/18/2013

Dani Heart

 

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FrogSiren
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FrogSiren

FrogSiren

 

Like a whimsical flurry you blew into my life

You were a breeze I turned my face to

arms outstretched fully

to embrace your curious rustling

with every fiber of my soul.

 

and you stirred within me

feverish bouts of creativity,

the world pregnant with promise

when I viewed it through your eyes.

 

You were the perfect muse!

Your friendship afforded me

unexpected bounties immeasurable.

 

Now our sad, broken melody

plays on the wind.

I know you hear it, feel it,

and it catches you unaware.

 

I know in your heart

you still secretly dance to our music…

 

and I miss those days of  joyful collaboration.

 

 

© Dani Heart 10/8/2013

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Symphony Alive
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Symphony Alive

 

 

 

Symphony Alive

 

Morning light sparkles on

the bubbling current.

Birds tweet, ducks quack

Unseen excitement darts to and fro

in nature’s soft carpet.

 

The wind sings a powerful soothing melody

as it caresses leaves rustling with enthusiasm

 

I breathe in deeply

and offer a contented grateful smile

 

It’s good to be alive!

 

 

 

August 31/2013

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Epiphany
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Epiphany

With hungry eyes and a sense of entitlement

you inspected our bodies as we exited the pool.

 

As if we were pieces of fruit you could toss to the

side in favor one you deemed to be free of blemishes…

 

(heaven forbid there be cellulite!)

 

and when you expressed with glee to me that I

had made your imaginary aesthetic cut

 

that compared to girls ten years plus my junior

who hadn’t born children… there were no

discernable differences that your pea brain could

deduce…

 

though my ravaged self esteem eagerly

lapped up that ration of slop

you so benevolently bestowed upon me…

 

I knew in…

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“E” B Jamming!
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“E” B Jamming!

 

“It ain’t too hard..It ain’t too hard for me to JAM!” Michael Jackson

Across The Court..he shoots…”Swish”.

The rubber of his shoes squeak as they frisk along the gym floor… never leaving a scuff.

Gliding and Moon-walking..  (Jamming)

His nylon pants mimic each breezy gesture..back and forth they wave responding to every Twinkling Movement.  He pauses… Alert and Quiet. Head up. Eye’s Pierced. Arms High. Gently Releasing… then….”Swish”.

Before the ball hits the floor…”Plap” it falls into his hands.

An echo fills the court…”I got this“, he huffs in breathy exaltation.

The ball briefly claps the Maple floor then…

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A Grand Awakening
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A Grand Awakening

A  Grand  Awakening

 

The sun sets on the Canyon’s fire…

A sacred space…

with a past as colorful as it’s rocks

to which no photo has ever done justice.

 

Barefoot impressions in the sand remind us

of those who once flourished here.

 

The wind transports me as it

makes its way throughout, defining crevices,

and speaking volumes to all who will listen.

 

Hidden chasms possess breathtaking waterfalls,

with clues to an existence long ago past.

 

Night falls in the Canyon…

 

While I nestle snuggly into the softest of shorelines

enveloped by a blanket of stars above…

The river lulls me as it dances in the darkness.

 

Drifting now……

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Impending Reckoning
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Impending Reckoning

Impending Reckoning

 

As I drive past the once lush landscape

still smoldering…

An eerie silence fills the air, and I am

again reminded that our grasp on control

is tenuous at best.

 

The earth lives, breathes, and she’s angry…

at our continual assaults on the plentitude

she affords us.

 

Like a loving parent, stern, but kind,

she sends urgent, painful warnings

that our behavior needs to change.

 

Like the willful, stubborn children we are,

we fail to listen…instead we push and

exceed her boundaries with record speed.

There are even those among us

who in the pursuit of money and power,

have had the audacity to alter her sacred…

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Prep Time
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Prep Time

Prep Time

Today I thought of you…

of precious moments in our now distant past.

With warm fuzzy fondness I recall…

two zombie like figures huddled in front of the heater,

you with your egg drink, and me with my iced coffee,

sometimes two blankets, sometimes one

The sun commencing the hour oblivious to our objections.

I miss that sweet, simple and tender connection…

mother and child…

fifteen to thirty minutes of nurturing, bonding, cuddling,

before we had to be assaulted by our day.

 

(For Setsuna)

Dani Heart  4/4/2013

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To The Beauty Of The Day
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To The Beauty Of The Day

There were a score
At least
Of new birds in
The chorus
At the dawning
Of the day

The touch of
The light clear air
On my skin
Intoxicates
And revives me

Flowers of
Orangey gold
With accent
Blooms of
Snowy white
And deepest
Purple
Edge the
Sidewalks

The grass is a
Green so brilliant
That it almost
Hurts the eye

Laden with lush
Pink and white
Blossoms
The magnolia
Across the street
Waves to me

Am I not
Beautiful
She cries
Doesn’t it
Just break your
Heart to
See such beauty
It’s the only
Reason I exist

And my soul
Leaps with joy
To see that Spring
Is here once more

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Another Soldier Gone Too Soon
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Another Soldier Gone Too Soon

The reason that
The word unbearable
Exists ~ is
Because some things
Truly are ~

Hearts do break ~
And minds ~
And wills ~
And the courage
To go on ~
May have an
Expiration date ~
Written in
Invisible ink ~
But no less real
For all that ~

Each death is
One too many ~
Each one a cry
For help that
Went unheard ~

They were called
To the fight
And they answered ~
Now we must
Answer them ~
Before another
Soldier dies ~

Who Fights for Them (image credit abcnews.go.com)

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Minding the Current
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Minding the Current

Minding the Current

 

Just beneath waters apparently still… lurks a tumultuous

undertow waiting to wreak its havoc.

 

I live in this tranquil sometimes raging body of water,

and I have had to learn to navigate its infrequent

treacherousness in order to survive.

 

 

Copyright  2/6/2013

Dani Heart

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Promethean
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Promethean

Stark bold bright
Against the page of my
Soul it stands
Out
The bitter resentment and
Anxious insecurity of
Identity

And recognition isn’t
The simple cure
I wanted distance, but
The truth is
I wanted distance from
Above

It wasn’t meant to be
As close to hubris
Or psychic surgery of the
Soul
It was inelegant
Remedy of
That bitch I used to call
Karma

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Into the Fire
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Into the Fire

Into the Fire

 

I know why people are apathetic…

because the pain of helplessness

and futility is simply too much to bear.

 

better to navigate this plain in an

altered state until we can make what

ever kind of exit is possible.

 

Caring would require doing the hard work…

facing challenges…being committed….

and getting your heart broken when you

have to witness inhumanity.

 

I will choose the forging (every time!)

and I will emerge a sword for justice!

 

 

copyright  1/3/2013

Dani Heart

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Sonoma County’s Finest
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Sonoma County’s Finest

The fruit on the blackberry bush are shriveled and black.

The gravel driveway has washed-away and then there is you.

The gutters are clogged and falling-off the roof,

Due to the weight of neglect, and then there is you.

 

There are a few broken panes that we covered with cardboard,

To keep out the draft. And then there is me,

Going over the bills at midnight while you are asleep.

There is the two of us clinging to each other to conserve heat.

 

The beer bottles are piled-up around the kitchen sink.

The screen doors are torn to shreds and wasting…

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Concord Hymn – Redux
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Concord Hymn – Redux

The “Concord Hymn” was first recited on July 4, 1837, when the Concord Monument was completed. The Hymn honored the courage of the patriots who fought the battle that launched the American Revolution. Now that revolution and all its promise is imperiled by mean spirited, small minded political gamesmanship that seeks partisan advantage at the expense of the common good. The “embattled farmers” faced death and today’s elected leaders in many cases are afraid to face a primary election challenge. The vaunted American Spirit has left most of the politically prominent. They…

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Running On Empty
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Running On Empty

Here. There. Anywhere. Nowhere at all

Searching for home, answering the call

Fight or flight, choosing the latter

Looking back upon the years and realizing it doesn’t matter

Wherever you roam, wherever you stray

You cannot escape the tricks your thoughts play

Looking for peace in new places, new beds

Never silencing the voices within your own head

And so again you aim to run

Your desperate race is never won

The more you flee the smaller you feel

Yet larger are holes your spirit reveals

Until at last, your heart and feet fail

And you slip, defeated, into the eternal pale

You gasp your last breath,…

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We Ride
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We Ride

We ride on the backs and breast of those that have come before

On ancestor’s shoulders and great, great, great, daddy’s toes

With drops of Frankincense and Myrrh and rows of gold around our necks

We ride on ocean waves of Blue blackness on top of undersea ancient temples imprinted

of our Blue colored faces

We ride on Congo drum beats

with dancing moving hips and

breezy Blowing dreadlocks

on Cowrie shelled waist bead covered bellies

We ride on…

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Updated If for Girls

lifestyle.inquirer.

Updated If for Girls

Expats

lifestyle.inquirer.net If you can use clothes to look attractive, Yet...

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Allotted Intervals

Allotted Intervals
 
And death mocked me
in my presumed final moments̷

Allotted Intervals

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Allotted Intervals   And death mocked me in my presumed...

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Year End Musings

Now the old year is over
A new one has begun
Have we made the world better
For

Year End Musings

Now the old year is over A new one has...

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Let Americans be Americans Again!

Let Americans be Americans again.

Let Americans be Americans Again!

Expats

Let Americans be Americans again. Let us dream once more...

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The Mentor

 

 
 
I did not know his name but he was a catalyst
A new blogge

The Mentor

Expats

      I did not know his name but...

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Smash and Burn Christmas

 
It’s Christmas and the tree is dead.

Smash and Burn Christmas

  It’s Christmas and the tree is dead. You can...

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Act Two

Dance with me in rain-puddled streets dotted with lampposts
Do your Gene Kelly a

Act Two

Expats

Dance with me in rain-puddled streets dotted with lampposts Do...

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The Tree

The Tree
 
The tree where first we met
shaded us as I fell into your arms
g

The Tree

Expats

The Tree   The tree where first we met shaded...

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Justice, Poetic or Otherwise

I can only hope that Karma
comes round to those that
take advantage of innocent

Justice, Poetic or Otherwise

Expats

I can only hope that Karma comes round to those...

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For Now

For Now…
Lil sister spins round in circles
oblivious to her public surroun

For Now

Expats

For Now… Lil sister spins round in circles oblivious to...

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FrogSiren

FrogSiren
 
Like a whimsical flurry you blew into my life
You were a breeze

FrogSiren

Expats

FrogSiren   Like a whimsical flurry you blew into my...

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Symphony Alive

 
 
 
Symphony Alive
 
Morning light sparkles on
the bubblin

Symphony Alive

Expats

      Symphony Alive   Morning light sparkles on...

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Epiphany

With hungry eyes and a sense of entitlement
you inspected our bodies as we exite

Epiphany

Expats

With hungry eyes and a sense of entitlement you inspected...

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Skin

Black nails..

Skin

Black nails..scrape; striping your forearm, I watch streaks fade from...

“E” B Jamming!

Expats

  “It ain’t too hard..It ain’t too hard for me...

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A Grand Awakening

A  Grand  Awakening
 
The sun sets on the Canyon’s fire…
A sacred

A Grand Awakening

Expats

A  Grand  Awakening   The sun sets on the Canyon’s...

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Do You Know My Lover’s Name?

I had a lover
I treated her badly
Believing that I knew her,
and we would never

Do You Know My Lover’s Name?

I had a lover I treated her badly Believing that...

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I Got Lucky

 

The first moan of life
Thrust from darkness into light
I got lucky
While

I Got Lucky

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Impending Reckoning

Impending Reckoning
 
As I drive past the once lush landscape
still smolder

Impending Reckoning

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Impending Reckoning   As I drive past the once lush...

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Twilight And Other Mysteries

 Red globe floating
Outside my bedroom window
Just tonight
 Across a field
Not

Twilight And Other Mysteries

 Red globe floating Outside my bedroom window Just tonight  Across...

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In The Wee Small Hours

You Won’t Be Home Tonight
The minutes tick by
But I don’t believe
The ha

In The Wee Small Hours

The minutes tick by But I don’t believe The hands...

Disaster Poem in 3 Parts

1. this is the disaster I perceive this morning: the...

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My Name?

Neither water nor mountains could stand in its way,
As it progressed, spreading

My Name?

Neither water nor mountains could stand in its way, As...

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Prep Time

Prep Time
Today I thought of you…
of precious moments in our now distant p

Prep Time

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Prep Time Today I thought of you… of precious moments...

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To The Beauty Of The Day

There were a score
At least
Of new birds in
The chorus
At the dawning
Of the day

To The Beauty Of The Day

Expats

There were a score At least Of new birds in...

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Journey

‘Was a child when I took off to meet an angel
My only expectation was beau

Journey

‘Was a child when I took off to meet an...

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Silver for the Kiss

the extension of the olive branch
oils the bread as it is broken
travails, o tra

Silver for the Kiss

the extension of the olive branch oils the bread as...

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Ides

like Caesar before me, I move among the ruins
much more cautiously during this t

Ides

like Caesar before me, I move among the ruins much...

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Defeat

It was raining quite heavily
And I was lying on the dark street
‘Was cryin

Defeat

It was raining quite heavily And I was lying on...

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Faces And Places

I look for faces I once knew
I look at places both old and new
The faces have ch

Faces And Places

I look for faces I once knew I look at...

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Another Soldier Gone Too Soon

The reason that
The word unbearable
Exists ~ is
Because some things
Truly are ~

Another Soldier Gone Too Soon

Expats

The reason that The word unbearable Exists ~ is Because...

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A Man’s World

What would this life if woman free,
be for someone such as me?
Bereft of love, w

A Man’s World

What would this life if woman free, be for someone...

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Paradise

Miles and miles I walked
In search of the holy one
Who made you and me
But could

Paradise

Miles and miles I walked In search of the holy...

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Beneath the sea

I wrote this poem for a school contest.

Beneath the sea

I wrote this poem for a school contest. Hope you...

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A song To Sing

I watched it flying through the air,
its grace and beauty beyond compare
Its fre

A song To Sing

I watched it flying through the air, its grace and...

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Love And Candy Corn

Your scent surprised me in aisle ten
 At the market today
Catching me unaware a

Love And Candy Corn

Guests

Your scent surprised me in aisle ten  At the market...

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Bliss

The porch was wet from the dropping water,
And the sun was setting scarlet
The s

Bliss

The porch was wet from the dropping water, And the...

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Christmas Snow

Christmas morning
Snow soft and light
Just enough to say
 It’s white
The boxe

Christmas Snow

Christmas morning Snow soft and light Just enough to say...

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Minding the Current

Minding the Current
 
Just beneath waters apparently still… lurks a t

Minding the Current

Expats

Minding the Current   Just beneath waters apparently still… lurks...

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Promethean

Stark bold bright
Against the page of my
Soul it stands
Out
The bitter resentmen

Promethean

Expats

Stark bold bright Against the page of my Soul it...