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What can I do

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What can I do

I never flew
with a flock of birds,
I cannot fly like a bird;
Never did I fly.

I never smelled sweet
like the flowering bough,
I cannot smell like the flower;
Never did I smell sweet.

I never loved
a woman whom
I did not chance to meet,
I cannot love the woman;
Never did I love.

I never sang
the song I did not
chance to write,
I cannot sing the song;
Never did I sing.

I never saw
into the heart of hearts,
I cannot see the heart;
Never did I see.

I never knew
the Unknown whom
I did not chance to know,
I cannot know the Unknown;
Never did I know.

What then can be done?
Only that which I cannot do!

But then really...
Will I ever come to fly,
Or love a woman whom
I did not chance to meet,
And give voice to a song
I never shall compose,
Or have a true
heart-to-heart communion
when I cannot peek into the heart?

And truly,
Will I ever come to revere
Someone I never shall know?

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  1. Date: 3/10/2013 9:44:00 PM
    ABDUL, ;-) CONGRATULATIONS with your awesome free verse poem, in Catie's contest....good night , LINDA

  1. Date: 3/10/2013 8:39:00 PM
    Oh my.......this should be sung as well as read. What beautiful lyrics to a wonderful song this would be.....but such a wonderful poem on its own.

  1. Date: 3/10/2013 7:00:00 PM
    What fine thoughts and hopes too bad we live so far apart, I'd love to know you better. Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 3/10/2013 2:11:00 PM
    To me, your poem is like seeing the bones of free verse, and I just loved it. Congratulations on your win in my free verse contest. Hugs, Catie :)

  1. Date: 3/5/2013 5:58:00 PM
    This is a most clever form...loved it

  1. Date: 3/3/2013 2:05:00 PM
    Abdul an excellent write, food for thought...David

    Malik Avatar Abdul Malik
    Date: 3/3/2013 6:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks a lot.
  1. Date: 3/2/2013 11:17:00 PM
    wow, this is really cool. I love how you employ all these many images and use them at the end to ask that profound question. A great poem!

    Malik Avatar Abdul Malik
    Date: 3/3/2013 6:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks. Glad you liked it.