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Lesser Talents

Billy Collins wrote a poem,
A roll call of the dead.
The TV brought their faces up
To match the names he read.

His paean was so poignant;
With simplicity and power,
He honored all the victims
Of our nation’s darkest hour.

I listened to him, mesmerized.
He conjured such a mood
That anybody watching
Would be somber and subdued.

My husband turned to me and said,
“Now that’s a top-notch poet,”
Implying I’m not in that league,
As if I didn’t know it.

I tip my hat to Billy.
To my husband I replied
That lesser talents still possess
Some purpose they provide.

And so I write my thoughts in rhyme
Which somehow satisfies,
Despite the fact my lesser skills
This work exemplifies.

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  1. Date: 9/26/2012 5:18:00 AM
    It seems so odd someone like you would be the one to write. A poem like this that seems amiss, it surely can't be right. Your talent and your lesser skills are wonderful to me. I like the way you understand that some how we do see. :)

  1. Date: 9/14/2012 11:16:00 PM
    a touching write and an awesome sight to witness this event on TV Ilene .. to hear all the full names of lost souls of the darkest day in USA was tremendous outpour of unity .. thankxx for sharing this dramatic poem ..

  1. Date: 9/14/2012 7:45:00 PM
    Ilene, let me assure you. you are NO lesser poet than Billy collins!!! His name sounds familiar to me and I don't think it's one I even equate with poetry. this was a very cool poem.

  1. Date: 9/14/2012 3:46:00 PM
    Ilene, I would not say you have a lesser talent. Everybody's talent is unique to them. I like your poetry! Love, Kim

  1. Date: 9/14/2012 12:18:00 PM
    Good write as usual Ilene.

  1. Date: 9/14/2012 10:32:00 AM
    He deserves a slap, bad boy. love this Ilene xx