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The grasshopper left the corn
For the dawn of the baobab tree
The elders brought flowers
For the floor of the ages past
And the door of ages to come
Grasshopper's heart stridulated
In awe. Its mandibles move
To shred its doubt in questions.

The elders stood silent
Before the open palm spooning
The eyes for a taste of wisdom:
"Patience," said the elders.
The elders ears buzzed 
With the sounds of futile wings
Longing for the flight of freedom
"Grow your conscience," spoke
The elders in the morning smoke
Of dew where the heart
Of flora and fauna is burning.

And I was left nothing there
But corn blades bitten bare
To the ground, and a path
Through the desert sands of wrath
That beckons me to where
I will sit in the elders' chair
Weaving syllables out of air
And searching for reason
Beside the stillness of the heart.
I am the recycled question
Waiting for answer in a flower's
Bed sown with eyes of treason.

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  1. Date: 5/29/2009 12:34:00 PM
    You have this easy going relationship with words and images @.@ impressing; thanks for the experience!!!

  1. Date: 5/28/2009 7:16:00 AM
    Yet another wonderfully written piece of brilliance! Your mind must dance with words... smiles, and thanks for your supportive comments, Anna-Marie.

  1. Date: 5/27/2009 8:18:00 AM
    I am So In Love With This Poem.In My Favsz

  1. Date: 5/27/2009 7:00:00 AM
    L'nass you are indeed a gifted word-smith... chili pepper poetry :)

  1. Date: 5/25/2009 8:07:00 AM
    I am left speechless. I will try in simply ways... Outstanding, honorable, brilliant, wise, insightful, inspiring.... truth. And right into my favorites you go. With Love and Appreciation! Izzy.

  1. Date: 5/22/2009 5:56:00 PM
    This is outstanding writing my friend! I'll be reading.... amazing flow of words and story.

  1. Date: 5/19/2009 1:13:00 PM
    Amazing writing! "grow your conscience spoke the elders in the morning smoke of dew where the heart of flora and fauna is burning" I just love your use of words. I am always left with a desire to go back and read it all again and so i do. :) Love this! Love Christie

  1. Date: 5/17/2009 8:18:00 AM
    This is excellent! The piece flows very well. Naturally the theme is consistent as it weaves its way through the poem. This reminds me of the story regarding the grasshopper and the ant. This is an awesome narrative. Keep writing and sharing! ~Joseph

  1. Date: 5/16/2009 12:03:00 PM
    L'nass,..of course you are the poet of this awesome write,..yet to me this is personification at its best,..with my familiarity and yet lack of knowledge, are the woo'er with this poem,...great write james

  1. Date: 5/15/2009 4:52:00 PM
    I am always left happier after reading your have a special quality of peaceful beauty in so many of your amazing poems. Another poem of beauty, L'nass. ~ Carrie

  1. Date: 5/15/2009 3:58:00 PM
    Smile~I read this twice very slowly....And knowing where "Your" heart & soul truly is~I found it to be very beautifully profound!!!:):)~I am sure that if I read it a dozen more times, I would find petals of precious, within every well crafted; soul reaching; and amazingly, beautiful word!!!:):)~I have always known that "You Are A Treasure L'nass"~Smile, but I have already told "You" this, haven't I....And "Thank You" for "Your" wonderful comments~I shall treasure them!!:)~Time for another....

  1. Date: 5/15/2009 1:37:00 PM
    thru another's is not a ruby-slipper...bravo! L'nass...Jim

  1. Date: 5/15/2009 1:28:00 PM
    this is a gem----charma

  1. Date: 5/15/2009 12:37:00 PM
    You are a genius with words..every time I read your work I learn of the many moons I must leap in order to achieve your are a lion my friend...

  1. Date: 5/15/2009 11:54:00 AM
    Wow. So beautifully brilliant. We are always searching, are we not. Such gentle wisdom portrayed in exceptional poetic expression. Must agree with all other commenters, there is something very special about you. Talent beyond most. You are a gift to us all, and from you we will learn. Always a pleasure to read your work. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 5/15/2009 10:51:00 AM
    LOVE the boabab trees. and weaving syllables out of air? brilliant, poet. wisdom has come to dance, and his name is L'nass. to mnay great lines and wisdom woven here, straight from the eyes, to the soul - a one way ticket - unbeknownst to thr reader, or not. all the same, it's there. and as for your recent comments - you flatter me, L'nass. from the likes of your genius, I say thank you. love, Kristin.

  1. Date: 5/15/2009 9:46:00 AM
    This is so creative with a lot of depth. Nice use of imagery and alliteration. Keep up the good writing. Have a wonderful day! Karen

  1. Date: 5/15/2009 8:39:00 AM
    Elders are so wise, with much advice to impart. We would be wise to heed comments such as "Grow your conscience" and have "Patience." Because they have lived longer, they bring us important perspectives on many topics. Love this poem! Love the author, too. Carolyn