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The Smoke of Gallipoli

Nineteen years old
He lost his legs

A field of shard and wire
Trench and bunker

Bullets flying
Australians and Turks

Fighting
For what?

He won’t ever be able
To answer the question

Or waltz with Matilda
Again.


(Previously published in Poets4Peace, Nov.2000)
 
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  122.     

The Truth About Poetry

Poetry is not a certain this or a certain that.
With or without rhyme. Beat or academic.
Uplifting or depressing.
Accessible or obscure.

Poetry is all.

At its heart, simply, a condensed form.
Free to violate the strict rules of prose.
Free to explore the subterranean
Passage of mind and soul.

We must allow it to be
Whatever it needs to be.
Only then will we realize
The vitality of its song.


(Previously published in The Poet's Porch, Aug.2000)
 
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The Wake of a Dream

I watched as the dream fell to earth
Shot down by fate
It fluttered in the breeze
As if to catch one last gust of breath
To carry it homeward
But it was not to be.

It landed in a field of barren hopes
Quite inconspicuously
Stirring the wasted years for a brief moment
Before settling into the dust of oblivion.

I toss the flowers where the tears have dried
Trying to forget and trying to remember
But time is not kind to the tombstone of regret
The memories etched with such dramatic blade
Fade like an epitaph too long exposed
Till all sense and feeling is blurred

An incomprehensible wash of wind and rain.


(Previously published in Pittsburgh Quarterly Online, Jan.2000)
 
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  124.     

The Wall

How many years
A city, a country, a people sliced in two
Look back
Upon a simpler time
When brother met brother
Sisters court with sons
Mothers made of daughters
Fathers to us all
Look back
Before the barbed wire
And the guns...
Before the swords
Arrows, spears...
Before clubs made of wood...
Or jagged rocks...

Before...?

Who are we
That thrive in isolation
Nations divided by walls
Men divided by choice.


(Previously published in Ygdrasil, Nov.1999)
 
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