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Look Twice

What do you allow to enter your life
And what do you refuse to admit?
These are the choices that make you
Complete or incomplete being
That you are
The response ability
Is all yours

Call it fate
Call it chance
Call it God

The calling is inevitably
On some level conscious
Call it what you will
It must be called into account
In any assessment of who you are.

(Previously published in Quill and Ink Press, Vol 1 Issue 1, Oct 2003)
Laurence Overmire



Lost Masterpiece

Was born black in 20th century America.

He was a shoeshine boy and a waiter
A garbage man and a handyman

A store clerk and a construction worker.
In fact, he spent so much time surviving

He barely had time for his art.
He died when he was 50.

And no one ever heard of him again.

(Previously published in The Inditer, March 2000)
Laurence Overmire



Man Called Thunder

Bold Warrior
Of the Setting Sun
Stands on the Rock of Imprisoned Time
The stony features of his darkened face
Ask no pity
Claim no piety
But iron eyes remember:
Burning lodges on a blood-red river
Broken arrow on Sacred Earth despoiled
A riderless pony gallops into blackness
And is seen no more
For screaming children
Slaughtered wives
The Eagle cries for Justice
And there is none
In a heartless land
But shallow men
Dig shallow graves
And in the gleaming of Long Awaited Moon
Lone Palomino return from Midnight Pasture
And the Fallen Ride Again.

(First electronically published in This Hard Wind, by EWGPresents, Vol.4, No.5, May '00)
Laurence Overmire



Man Overboard!

It seems to me, in the end
(Or perhaps the beginning?)

It is the ego that dies

While the spirit soars to
A new and higher awakening.

(Previously published in PRIVATE Intenational Review, No.38, Sep 2006)
Laurence Overmire
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