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    What am I?

    My blood, my sweat, my tears, my breath and fears...of all these things I've none...
    And yet I toil all through my life until my days are done.
    I'm sharp as a blade yet mightier still,
    By my blood many others' have been spilled;
    By my sweat which leaves sweet stains as trails under the light,
    And by the breath of the one who wields me into the darkness of the night;
    And by my tears which fall to earth will dry and blow away,
    Speak louder than words spoken, whose meaning will not fade;
    I've crowned peasants and felled Kings, brought peace to the multitude and wars for bards to sing;
    A humble little instrument I am, no music do I play;
    But from my mouth comes spewing forth, a symphony displayed.

    What Am I?
    -I am no law abiding citizen. I am merely not a lawbreaker.
    -Guilty until proven innocent.
    -If it can be conceived by humans, then it can be unravelled by humans.

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    Pomegranate by Kevin Pilkington

    A woman walks by the bench I’m sitting on
    with her dog that looks part Lab, part Buick,
    stops and asks if I would like to dance.
    I smile, tell her of course I do. We decide
    on a waltz that she begins to hum.

    We spin and sway across the street in between
    parked cars and I can tell she realizes
    she chose a man who understands the rhythm
    of sand, the boundaries of thought. We glide
    and Fred and Ginger might come to mind or
    a breeze filled with the scent of flowers of your choice.
    Coffee stops flowing as a waitress stares out the window
    of a diner while I lead my partner back across the street.

    When we come to the end of our dance,
    we compliment each other and to repay the favor
    I tell her to be careful since the world comes to an end
    three blocks to the east of where we stand. Then
    I remind her as long as there is a ’59 Cadillac parked
    somewhere in a backyard between here and Boise
    she will dance again.

    As she leaves content with her dog, its tail wagging
    like gossip, I am convinced now more than ever
    that I once held hundreds of roses in my hands
    the first time I cut open a pomegranate.

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    Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)
    And your very flesh shall be a great poem.
    Be curious, not judgmental.
    Re-examine all that you have been told... dismiss that which insults your soul.
    I exist as I am, that is enough.
    Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you.
    I celebrate myself, and sing myself.
    I have learned that to be with those I like is enough.
    Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity, When I give I give myself.
    I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.
    - Walt Whitman



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    Vaguely related for the generally artful: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is like most other museums in that their collection is significantly larger than what they have room to display; they've come up with a new idea to share the archived pieces - just text them something you'd like to see. Text 572-51 with "send me _____", fill in the blank with any keyword that comes to mind, or emoji, and they'll text back a relevant work. All free, no advertising or anything to buy.

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    The hail-stones
    Glance off the rocks
    Of the Stony Mountain.
    - Basho

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarHalo View Post
    Vaguely related for the generally artful: The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is like most other museums in that their collection is significantly larger than what they have room to display; they've come up with a new idea to share the archived pieces - just text them something you'd like to see. Text 572-51 with "send me _____", fill in the blank with any keyword that comes to mind, or emoji, and they'll text back a relevant work. All free, no advertising or anything to buy.
    That's really awesome, thanks!

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    Here's possibly the shortest so far...

    YANKEE ROSE
    Anton Szandor LaVey
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    Trees by Joyce Kilmer

    I think that I shall never see
    A poem lovely as a tree.

    A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
    Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

    A tree that looks at God all day
    And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

    A tree that may in Summer wear
    A nest of robins in her hair;

    Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
    Who intimately lives with rain.

    Poems are made by fools like me,
    But only God can make a tree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StarHalo View Post
    Trees by Joyce Kilmer

    I think that I shall never see
    A poem lovely as a tree.

    A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
    Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

    A tree that looks at God all day
    And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

    A tree that may in Summer wear
    A nest of robins in her hair;

    Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
    Who intimately lives with rain.

    Poems are made by fools like me,
    But only God can make a tree.
    Go Rutgers! My photography studio used to be on Joyce kilmer ave
    a single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows- St. Francis of Assissi

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