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Through report the world 
  came to you, corresponding
    through reclusion on
	terms your own.

Your first-rate grasp of
  third-hand knowledge,
    coupled with a dash of
	hesitancy, and you were THE
    "it" girl of the next era.

pure pre-existence.

Recognizing your own
  genius , even when no
    one  could see your face --
	Your mirror, yours alone.

You cocooned your body
  ( a white shroud )
    to preserve, what?
A voice. Some idea(l).

Wrapped in light, a utopia 
  constructed of hedges,
    afraid to step beyond your
      own garden, but more fearful
	still not to write your way


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  1. Date: 8/9/2010 6:22:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Irene. Wishing you the best always on your writing endeavors. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/9/2010 4:00:00 AM
    Congrats Irene on having your poem being featured on the Poetry Soup home page this week. Please keep your creative caps on, let your poetry pen keep painting your poetry pads with colors of creativity. Thanks for sharing this with us and have a wonderful week ahead. Love always, Adeleke