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Grant pity to my poetry
for it carries years

that were broad and burdensome 
terribly ransomed

crumbs, really
yet most were far too heavy
for me to carry 

on my own  

How strong are the backs of words
and how very kind

Before you go, reader,
I want you to know
that this verse has

wishbones and tearing eyes

and it is ready to take on 
your troubles, too

your fear
your hate
your lust
your nightmares, unremembered
your melancholy
your follies and fancies

then poetry will leave me for you,
it can't help itself, 
for poetry knows no other way
and it was never truly mine


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  1. Date: 5/21/2013 4:48:00 PM
    Pity---------------you don't write this kind of vers libre very often, my (our) loss. Would any know of the ponds of Giverny if not for Monet. Your words remind me of Dickens "I wear the chain I forged in life, I made it link by link yard by yard" burdensome, but is anything truly ours? Or is it ours to borrow, make the most of while we are here and, like you or Monet, paint a picture of it so those who follow can find another way to contemplate their own time in perspective.

  1. Date: 5/20/2013 11:11:00 AM
    Nice one Cyndi, like it a lot xx

  1. Date: 5/20/2013 11:05:00 AM
    Very beautiful. I love the " was never truly mine". Very deep. Thanks for sharing. Also thanks for placing me in your contest. Well done. AO

  1. Date: 5/18/2013 5:47:00 PM
    Good One...enjoyed....