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Friday, July 29, 2011

World Poet

World Poet,
thank you

for not asking

my credentials.

Thank you

for not asking

where I went

to school.

Where have I

been published.

What books

have I written.


World Poet,

thank you

for your incredible courage.

I live in a free country

where I can say

pretty much anything

(and I have)

and nobody hears.


World Poet,

you speak for others

beside yourself.

You speak the truth.

World Poet,

you write at

the risk of

imprisonment,

torture,

exile,

death.


World Poet,

thank you

for showing

me that poetry

matters.

Thank you

for showing

me that I, too,

can be important,

if I, too, can

be brave.



(by David Madgalene)