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Below is the poem entitled THE TEMPERING OF THE SOUL which was written by poet len carber. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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I have lived a thousand lives, 
died a thousand deaths.
I have loved women unbounded
and fathered an army of children.
I have killed and healed,
stolen and blessed,
fought and fled.

Jew, Christian, Muslim
I have been-- Buddhist,
Hindu and Jain, too.
I worshiped the sun and Thor, 
pagan gods galore.
I was atheist, agnostic, Marxist,
and often, just indifferent. 

I was cruel, I was kind,
hateful and forgiving.
I laid waste to cities
and wrote operas and
symphonies and little songs
to dance forever in your head.

I was poet and philanderer,
philosopher and philanthropist,
theologian and scientist-- also
guard and prisoner,
lover and betrayed.

All my lives were dreams,
each slipping away forgotten
early in dawn of the next life,
none to be recalled 
until I awaken 
in the time beyond time.

Copyright © len carber

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  1. Date: 11/6/2014 6:11:00 AM
    many congratulations on your win:-) Hugs jan xx

  1. Date: 11/5/2014 11:21:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win Len.

  1. Date: 1/27/2013 9:06:00 AM
    Len, :-) Congratulations with your featured poem of the week. Glad to see you among the poets on the soups front page. Love your wonderful verse. Have your self a nice & beautiful Sunday... ~PD