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  121.     

The Dalai Lama

The Compassionate One
Whether he is the reincarnation
Of a particular soul or not is
Immaterial
He is indeed the reincarnation
Of an idea
That on this Earth
There is always one man
Whose heart is incorruptible
Who embodies what it is
To feel for others
To care when no one else
Will
As long as there is
This one man
To symbolize who we need to be

Humanity has hope.


(Previously published in Poetry Junction, Apr.2003)
 
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  122.     

The First Taste of Beer

was enough to make you wretch
you remember how it was
but with time, we learned to savor
you and I, the bitters of the draught
the fond recollection on the tongue
when all was lost.

and life, like beer, it seems
flows equally as sweet, don't you think
from the hollows of the wood
the aging of the barrel
the passing of the mug from hand to hand.
 
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  123.     

The Making of a Man

The masculine, my lad
Is not the bombast of foolish braggadocio
Nor the flexing of unwarranted muscle
The brutal crush of an innocent

No, the masculine is

The glint of the sword, sheathed yet
Ready to defend
With honor and dignity
Those who would be trespassed

The strength of steel running
Through the marrow of the heart
Capable of great tenderness
The deepest kind of compassion

The life blood that flows from a
Wounded thigh
The wellspring of
All humanity.
 
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  124.     

The Road to Damascus

God creates poets
To speak for him
In the divine tongue

Mortals take heed

Next time you
Kill a poet
With your indifference.


(Previously published in Academici, Oct.2005)
 
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