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TO DANTE ALIGHIERI

                                                    

as a kid I found a passion
not in jocks, who were the fashion—

but in Dante's Middle Age
his daunting tale that was the rage
what a mind--- what a brain

modern guys drove me insane

Dante--you lit a flame
(even with your crazy name)
you proved truth and beauty do exist
your life a tale I can't resist--

already bound by local law
you craved a woman that you saw
by chance, in public, on the street--
struck by lightning on your feet

wonder of a man you were--
your life was ruled by thoughts of her
mad love for Bea-- romance afar
this youth born love survived a war 

your published work sings rich with her
your wedded life fades like a blur--
how did you win your children's adoration
through dreadful years of separation?

oh, most daunting was your child
adoring you through actions wild
And when you lost your wealth and fame
your daughter took your true love's name

and finally --through amazing  verse
you’ve taught me nothing can be worse
than losing dignity and hope---

for valiant souls must learn to cope.







V. Anderson-Throop   June 2015
Valdez, Alaska
(rewrite of a poem written in 2012)

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