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What We Need Is Here

Geese appear high over us,

pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,

as in love or sleep, holds

them to their way, clear

in the ancient faith: what we need

is here. And we pray, not

for new earth or heaven, but to be

quiet in heart, and in eye,

clear. What we need is here.

by Wendell Berry

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Guest Julia59

Hey, really nice poem. I have learned to appreciate poems more since my son began to write them.

My son wrote this about 3 years ago. I thought I would throw it in. I've posted it before, but some of you haven't seen it yet.

Dime Store of Hopes and Dreams

Wandering in the shadows, alone and distraught

The unquestionable strength of a few, ignored by the masses

So crass, so un-empathetic, no one understands

It feels like no one ever will, all your zeal spent

At the dime-store of hopes and dreams

In the middle of the night Spouse, mother, brother sister

Awoken by screams entailing those dreams unfulfilled

No one to turn to, a wasteland of unawareness

The futile fruits of passionless practitioner?s labor

Makes backwards strides in the context of you, hurt

At the dime store of hopes and dreams

Doctors look at full shelves of needs and wants

For compassion, and healing energies

Boxes of broken homes, and broken hearts

Not even acknowledged by so-called care-givers

Not a care in the world to give

I am the son of a wanderer in the shadows

I too do not fully understand the extent of all this

But I have bore witness to the pain, and the strength

In no way can I put myself in your place, or say I ?understand?

But I can say this: the war on ignorance is a war of attrition

In the dime store of hopes and dreams, you have found

Your token of pride, your undying will to survive

Mike J. Dessert

Julie :0)

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thanks to both of you for posting!


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