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The Man with a Paddle and Heart

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The Man with a Paddle and Heart

I guess I was left alone after sixth grade, wandering my way.
You believed in me, offered up openings and let me say
what I would and delve into the sun and world and stay
and even you ended up with the lecture that betrays.

I wrote I hate because I was writing a friend's words and heart.
You asked me who I would be and even then I wanted all, a dart
where you wanted a girl to trudge through all scientific dirt
while you rode the airplanes and dumped the bombs and let off farts.

The alien chart given to us by the friend with death in his eyes
turned into a get after her and steal her gift away, mini-size
combat world I have entered, perhaps I don't want to see
that my skin and bones won't take the abuse and slip free.

You told me it was trash, imagination, you whose directions I embraced,
tall as my father, kind in punishment with paddle, food for an ace,
do what I can, make the baskets and short end instead of lace
but even then I crocheted for quiet and the ending of days.

How can I choose one star when there are minds that blink into focus
you were the exhaust shoot that let me fly without hocus pocus
I thought I had a community who could let me be without fuss
instead I became the joke who you could goad into a cuss.

Stars are supposed to offer a route into the future 
I only have my mind and the heart break of needed sutures
I have Gandhi and Buddha and they hold my hands as lures
to study silence, and Pink Floyd to cuddle but not reassure.

So why is the man with a paddle and heart my only star?
Outside I am compliant and you're happy with her
but inside I am defiant that you have not seen me soar
because I am the murk you want to avoid for a lark.

Betrayals hurt the heart by ignoring the soul's worth.
Betrayals hurt the mind by ignoring the leaps of birth,
Betrayals hurt the soul by closing doors into endless hurt.
My stars always hurt me so I always restart.

I am still alone following the paths who clarity offer hope
and alone because my web of life is so immense I'm a dope
and alone because the daily bread tastes too much like soap,
when the quiet of peace and dark blue earns my truest troth.

Sheri Fresonke Harper
poem for Brightest Star Contest

Copyright © Sheri Fresonke Harper

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  1. Date: 5/22/2014 11:59:00 AM
    SHERI, Congratulations, on having your poem featured on the Poetry Soup's home page. Hope you are enjoying the exposure. Hugs & Love ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 1/13/2012 10:23:00 AM
    God bless you all the way. It happens to many, I can feel. Nice adoration. Keep it up. Thanks for sharing and for your comment on my write,bl

  1. Date: 12/24/2011 9:38:00 PM
    Sheri... Have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. May your Wishes come true this coming Year! God, bless you and your happy family. Always, here to enjoy the love that goes around the soup... ~p.d.

  1. Date: 12/21/2011 5:11:00 PM
    very emotional write, thank you for sharing.

  1. Date: 12/10/2010 5:22:00 AM
    Sheri this is the most touching poem .. so emotional and vibrant lines of rhyme so intense... almost a Bio too.. wonderful expressions of feelings and the sure winner for the contest ..good luck with luv..happy weekend too..

  1. Date: 12/9/2010 11:38:00 AM
    It is the season to give thanks...I wish to thank you for your support and friendship this past year (2010) Sheri. May you and yours have a wonderful Holiday Season and may the New Year (2011) bring you and yours good health, and may your hearts be overflowing with love and happiness. Love and blessings always, Carol

  1. Date: 12/2/2010 4:15:00 PM
    Interesting thoughts that you have penned in this one.Reads like winners' circle to me.I am glad that I chose this one to read this eve..I was encouraged by your kind comments on my work..Sara

  1. Date: 12/1/2010 6:09:00 AM
    We are having our first laying snowfall this morning in Springfield,Ohio. December 1,2010 what a way to enter this month. It is absolutely beautiful and finds me in good spirits. I have enjoyed reading your poetry this morning Sheri. Looking forward to reading more. Have a wonderful day. The best to you in the contest. Love, Carol