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DAVID E. BARNES : Short Stanzas
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Short Stanzas
dedicated to Dennis Greene
His fingers tremble, slowly moving through pages, yet with certainty the pen moves through his imposed restrictions, shifting language in precision, words come; go by the way, discarded, painting the color of expressions. Seasons flow through him pass, return; stimulating mind, implants; hands retrieve the balancing case, colored pills ingested, convey a semblance of respite from unwanted burdens. I have learned much about Parkinson's disease written by hesitant, poetic hands. When I thought I was empty; he fills the well, with his moral fiber, And he carries unwanted burdens with no stopover. Who am I to complain? I listen to his criticisms, as he lacerates my words, moving black pigment on crisp white pages: We didn't ask for this. He with his disease, I with my infirmity; though we know the broken road, word-for-word. And he would be first to say short stanzas potent in meaning, need no biography, no explanation. Our poems edited. Coffee he asks? Shuffling - slowly away. Dedicated to: Dennis Greene

poetryrepairs #206 14.11:132

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Some choose it wiser that they rule in hellish desert wastes from caves and bring down gilded thrones than suffer under heaven's servitude. Heaven's judgment cannot wait. Fool soldiers will follow such hate as loathes itself and loathes twice over embracing arms ready to assist, to settle them if they should quake. But heaven judging cannot wait. How evil is that enemy who saves your children from starvation's grip, who gives you alms at your request, who shares wealth without conquest? Heaven's judgment cannot wait. In place of heaven's god he acts to judge the helping hand. They bite and gnash their teeth in wonder that, those they hate, their heaven elevates. 'T is better rule in hell with hate than suffer heaven's servitude! I grant thee martyrdom for our cause Because heaven's justice cannot wait.

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