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  RICHARD BETTS (December 8,1964)
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If you had a one-hundred-dollar bill
And a gust of wind came and blew it away,
Would you follow your treasure
Or sit still and stay?

Would you allow your money
To simply flutter down the street,
Paying no mind to where it traveled
Or what it may chance to meet?

Or would you attentively watch over
Your cash to make sure it was safe?
After all, a hundred dollars
Is a difficult thing to replace.

Might you even bend down
And take your treasure home,
Or would you leave it in the street
Discarded and alone?

Next time your children
Flutter down the street or nearest hill
Pretend they are your precious
One-hundred-dollar bill.
Richard Betts




I went to your grave.
It was covered with snow.
I went hoping that you
Didn't feel so cold.

(At least not as cold as me.)

I went to your grave.
To make up for the time
I didn't see you
While you were alive.

(As if standing in the dirt,
Could take away the hurt.)

I went to your grave.
Not to say goodbye,
But more to ease
My guilty mind.

(And see if any answers
Were there for me to find.)

I went to your grave.
It was covered with snow.
I went to tell you,
Well, you already know...

I went.
Richard Betts




When you mock me,
Do you feel like a bigger man?
Do you not know that your words
Sting like the back of a hand?

And though I am the target
Of all your terrible jokes,
I look at you and think,
'Who has lost the most? '

As I stand here scalded
And my skin grows red and sore,
The pain from your remarks
Cannot reach me at my core.

And so I do not hate you
For your being less than kind.
Rather I pity you
And the things you'll never find.

Where I see strength and glory,
You find weakness and blame.
Where I enjoy hope and happiness,
You sit in sadness and shame.

Where I find poetry and beauty,
You discover trepidation and fear.
All that I carry within,
Your cruel words can never steal.
Richard Betts

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