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Charles H. Harper
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A poem
may make you laugh,
cry, think, change,
swear, wonder –
one or any combination thereof.
It may take you to vistas
never before seen
or habitations long forgotten

A poem may flare
into an ah-ha
moment, or slowly
persuade a reluctant wick

A poem may baffle you,
failing to ignite
even one small spark of recognition.
When this happens to me
I walk away –
and sometimes will visit it again
to see if I have learned its language
or it has learned mine

A poem may be
brief or wispish,
but if it is real
it is never trivial
or unnecessary

I could tell you a story
from my youth – how a poem
magically morphed into an icon
that, over all these years,
has never stopped whispering

I am more
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Poetry by Charles H. Harper
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