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Grace and Solitude

Emerging from sleep dream temerity, his remote aurora spectral prisms from which his wakefulness gives legerity, from which surfaces new burgeoning aphorisms. Truth’s contours arrayed in fluid fluency, his morning ataraxia in the still water lake from where his senses lose their truancy, from where ideation sheds the opaque. He finds repose in a moment's seclusion, his lucid cortex in reflective possibility, but he learns his real confirmation in inclusion, and learns our fellowship best protects our fragility. So quickly we imbrute each other with walls, he knows how militarization is summoned by anxiety, he weeps at the endless requiem protocols, he grieves at history’s long cruel impropriety. But he detects his promise in human need, our struggle against forces of dehumanization, our commission in communitarian creed, our hope in human family realization. Awarded second place in Poetrysoup "Grace and Solitude" rhyming poetry contest sponsored by John Hamilton.

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Date: 5/9/2020 4:55:00 PM
Well said Thomas, congrats on a nice win!
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Date: 5/9/2020 5:57:00 PM
John, I have never entered a poetry contest before. I am truly honored! There are so many excellent poets posting on Poetrysoup. I know I can learn a lot from folks like you.
Date: 5/4/2020 12:54:00 AM
Thomas, the speaker might be you, with a terrific mission statement in the penultimate line: "our commission in communitarian creed" -while we recall Alex Pope's line about man's inhumanity to man. Line 13 is saddest, & so apt. Thanx & shalom, shalOm. Anil
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