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If I never

If I never lift up my voice,
How will I know
How sweetly I can sing,
Or how well I harmonize
With the music of the universe?

If I never open up my heart,
How will I hear
The echo of its beating in time
With another,
Or the exquisite pain of love,
Or the infinite joy of forgiveness?

If I never open up my eyes,
How will I see
The beauty in a falling drop of rain,
Or the wonder in the vastness of the skies,
Or what the mirror tells me
In its stark honest reality?

If I never spread my wings,
How will I know
How high I can soar,
Or how far I can fly,
Or what it's like to race the moon,
Or dip my fingers in a cloud or touch a star?

I do not want bitter tears
Shed o'er my grave
For songs unsung, or deeds undone,
Or fruit untasted, or love untested.
When the time has come for me to leave,
There'll be no reason, then, to grieve.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 7/27/2019 12:19:00 PM
Damn good!! RT
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 7/27/2019 3:24:00 PM
Thank you, RT.
Date: 6/1/2018 6:11:00 PM
h,ello Jim, this poem is different. i like it . have a nice evening my friend.
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 6/5/2018 6:43:00 AM
Darlene, thank you. Sorry for the tardy reply.
Date: 5/10/2018 6:47:00 AM
- Congratulations on p.o.t.d., Jim :) - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 5/11/2018 11:43:00 AM
Thank you, Anne-Lise.
Date: 5/9/2018 8:00:00 PM
Back again with a Bravo! for the POTD designation. This is just so inspiring. If I could make it a 'double FAVE,' I would ~ Gershon
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 5/11/2018 11:43:00 AM
Thanks again, Gershon.
Date: 5/9/2018 7:34:00 AM
Hello Jim, Congratulations on POTD!! A really delightful free verse to read. And a definite FAVE too. Cheers and Best, Gary
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 5/9/2018 10:48:00 AM
Many thanks, Gary.
Date: 5/9/2018 3:25:00 AM
Congrats!!! ...well deserved POTD!!...Jim...love and light my friend...WW
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 5/9/2018 10:48:00 AM
WW, thank you.
Date: 5/9/2018 2:16:00 AM
woohooo many congrats on POTD Lin, I'm going to be toppled off my throne as limerick queen lol:-) hugs Jan xx
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 5/9/2018 10:49:00 AM
I'm sure Lin thanks you, Jan, but it looks like you "toppled" in the wrong direction.
Date: 5/8/2018 4:46:00 PM
Perfect P O T D. Lovely to find like-minded here.
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 5/9/2018 10:46:00 AM
Thank you, Virginia.
Date: 5/8/2018 12:36:00 PM
Hi Jim, I really enjoyed the positive message in this piece. Congratulations on getting the poem of day of the day. It was well deserved:-) Alexis
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 5/8/2018 4:28:00 PM
Thank you, Alexis.
Date: 5/8/2018 12:14:00 PM
Beautiful Jim, congratulations...
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 5/8/2018 12:21:00 PM
Thank you, too, Charlie.
Date: 5/8/2018 11:53:00 AM
Congrats on the POTD, Jim, wonderful poetry my friend...Best wishes...Charlie
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 5/8/2018 12:07:00 PM
Thanks, Charlie.
Date: 5/8/2018 10:27:00 AM
Congratulations Jim for T.P.O.D. such a touching last words you describe with such grace. Jack2
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 5/8/2018 10:55:00 AM
Jack, thanks.
Date: 5/8/2018 10:03:00 AM
Congratulations on your well deserved POTD Jim with your beautifully written poem. :))
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 5/8/2018 10:55:00 AM
Thank you, Roy.
Date: 5/8/2018 9:39:00 AM
Congratulations Jim on POTD for this marvelous write. We never know anything, until we try. Most inspiring!
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 5/8/2018 10:54:00 AM
Daniel, thank you.
Date: 5/8/2018 9:28:00 AM
More than beautiful! Congratulations well earned.
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 5/8/2018 10:54:00 AM
Thank you, Sunlite Wanter.
Date: 5/8/2018 8:23:00 AM
What a great verse Jim. Congrats on POTD. Tom
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 5/8/2018 10:54:00 AM
Many thanks, Tom.
Date: 5/8/2018 8:09:00 AM
Wow, what a beautifully penned verse, Jim, congrats on your well deserved POTD. John
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 5/8/2018 10:53:00 AM
Thanks, John.
Date: 5/8/2018 6:33:00 AM
wonderful and uplifting Jim, many congrats on POTD:-) hugs jan xx
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 5/8/2018 10:53:00 AM
Thank you, Jan.
Date: 5/8/2018 6:33:00 AM
Ah brilliant - this had POTD written all over it Jim! Delighted for you :-)
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 5/8/2018 10:53:00 AM
Nina, thanks.
Date: 5/8/2018 6:04:00 AM
'Nothing ventured, nothing gained' as they say Jim.Your wonderful poem echoes the sentiment. Congratulations on POTD, so well deserved....Maria
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 5/8/2018 10:52:00 AM
Thank you, Maria.
Date: 5/8/2018 5:36:00 AM
Lovely poetry...A heart opener...Congratulations...All the best Jim
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 5/8/2018 10:52:00 AM
Arturo, thanks.
Date: 5/7/2018 8:14:00 AM
Wonderful Jim, you weave your words with such positivity..Awesome poetry..
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 5/8/2018 10:52:00 AM
Thank you, Harry.
Date: 5/6/2018 10:46:00 PM
You've nailed so much of what is important in life in this moving write, Jim. I've just made it a FAVE...Once again, this is a poem that I've wanted to write for a long time---and now don't have to. Truly beautiful! :) Gershon
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 5/8/2018 10:51:00 AM
Thanks, Gershon. It took me quite a while.
Date: 5/6/2018 4:56:00 PM
wow! i absolutely love this poem, jim! the message is wonderful and uplifting and the images you've come up with are just so - poetic! my favorite is "dip my fingers in a cloud" - i want to do that!
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 5/8/2018 10:51:00 AM
Thanks, Ilene. It would be an experience, wouldn't it?
Date: 5/6/2018 3:29:00 PM
Oh wow Jim. Stirring and touching and nearly, nearly tear-jerking (I held it in). A beautiful message for us all. Favourite for me too!
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 5/6/2018 3:56:00 PM
Thank you, Nina. Much appreciated.
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