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I am able to move one’s spirit to the pinnacle of joy or drive it to depths of despair.
Not a chore to evoke passionate emotion--convey love, hate, life, and death.
Within those four small words lies our meek human existence all told.
To omnipresent Alpha and Omega, of what core lies between?
Now I sit with pen in hand to ponder many words of wit.
Gift to paint, not I, yet may cast an image to mind.
Bright lavender fields coax the amorous duo
to mingle with its deep, heady scent.
Amidst wet sewage soaked dirt
a filthy small child lays
weeping for mother
a bloody heap
close by.
The glee
holding words
Make them express.
Giving wide literate detail.
Understand to hold a soft heart.
Else never will you touch one’s soul.
So this is merely the lone reason I compose.
Excitement and warm sympathy and fiery passion,
within many a sorrow and tears and friendly persuasion,
in absolute care I do write and lay my psyche upon each page,
then wonder at length the primary purpose of such artistic endeavors.
Who among the world’s populace might gain an insight from what I scribe?
Does this really matter at all; since rarely, if ever, is it what one says… but how.

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  1. Date: 12/20/2008 11:34:00 PM
    Michael, Congratulations on YOUR Featured POEM "POETS" Great Shape, better message The last line is Superb and true Merry Christmas and may the New Year bring YOU and YOURS Health and Prosperity...HG

  1. Date: 12/19/2008 6:12:00 PM
    Beautifully summed up in that last line, Michael! I enjoyed the shape and this very original tribute to US ... smile ... Congratulations on a very well-deserved selection to be a feature this week! Hope you and yours have a great holiday and '09 is a good year for you!!

  1. Date: 12/18/2008 4:48:00 PM
    Michael - Congrats on having your poetry featured this week – Merry Christmas & God Bless, MJ

  1. Date: 12/16/2008 8:36:00 PM
    Michael, This is a poetic work of art. Congratulations! lainie

  1. Date: 12/15/2008 5:17:00 PM
    Congratulations on your featured write of the week! Warmest wishes for a beautiful holiday season. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 12/15/2008 6:09:00 AM
    Congratulations on your well deserved poetry being featured this week Michael. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/11/2008 5:03:00 PM
    This is truly an amazing write here, Michael. I would like to know what the shape is? I'm seeing almost like a mouth opening ... LOL ... but I'm not sure thats what it is. Congratulations on a well-deserved selection featured this week!!

  1. Date: 10/6/2008 10:52:00 AM
    A work of art. Congratulations Michael on this amazing featured write of the week. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 10/6/2008 8:37:00 AM
    Michael this poem is very unique in many ways especially the message - congrats on being featured - God Bless

  1. Date: 10/6/2008 7:45:00 AM
    Congratulations Michael on your shape poem, "Poets" being featured this week on Poetry Soup. Vince

  1. Date: 10/5/2008 5:53:00 PM
    Such an interesting format and a well written poem! Congratulations! ~Carrie

  1. Date: 10/5/2008 4:48:00 PM
    Interesting perspective on writing. The shape of the poem adds artistic visual flair. Congratulations on having it featured this week. Wishing you continued success with your writing. Karen