In Life Amid Art


The poet brings not hurt or woe
save when the reader makes it,
but shares a sight found true within
turned into song to shape it.

If in the words you find that pain
arises as you sing it,
greet your tears with gratitude
your heart had strength to bring it.

Tho If you’re sure as sure can be
that cruelty is the poet,
just close the page, then step away
and add no voice to sow it.

Remember if you find a need
responding to chastise one
that you have left off caring to
make anger your companion.

when anger and defiance arise
perhaps instead of finding flaw
You’ll write a poets missive to
affirm again the timeless law.

What you can give, do give away
greet wrath without demanding
for cruelty is but pain denied
till healed by understanding.


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