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A Poet

by Kathleen Higham

Love someone you cannot have, did not choose
Lose someone you simply cannot bear to lose
Fear God, the one you cannot see
Then a poet you will surely be.

Accept those impossible moments of joy
Desiring complete ecstasy, don't be coy
Open up your heart to that ache
Whatever scares you touch, then take.

Lay down all your thoughts of useless pride
Recall the secret moment when you cried
Surrender absolutely to your fear
Embrace the words you do not wish to hear.

Share wantonly the thoughts you long to write
Even when your heart puts up a fight
Go deep, expose that one desire
Understanding love consummates the fire.

Reveal a dream impossible to conceive
Fantasize each feeling, then believe
Love, love, love, and love some more
Then from your very soul words will pour.

Dance the dance of love, or not at all
No longer young, still hear wisdom call
Let the mirror be an honest friend
Dance the dance until the very end.

Love someone you cannot have, did not choose
Lose someone you simply cannot bear to lose
Fear God, the one you cannot see
Then a poet you will surely be.

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This poem was a finalist in the June 2009 poetry contest

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