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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Poem for a Sleepless Night

Dear John -

Thanks to you
I’ve come to understand
The impeccable logic
Of fear that vermin beget
In all of us and the myriad
Obstacles at our disposal
That suffice to cut us off
From life and love

If not for the study
Of Chinese
I too might have
Succumbed instead
Of stumbling upon
This bold thought
Bolder still in
The accomplishment
That a poet aspires
To attain mastery
Not just of words
But of experience itself

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