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How to Read a Poem—spoken poetry

 

To read a poem

take off your shoes,

loosen your tie and put down your watch,

prop up something soft in the small of your back

because poetry

is an intimation of a suggestion

about a potentiality

that may or may not exist

for you—

something dangerous, so you want

to be comfortable

 

 

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In the Orchard—spoken poetry

 

there is a fruit that drops easily into my hand, the freedom of the fall

that comes with speaking truth: naming the thing for what it is;

believing what I see, trusting what I know

not second guessing

 

taste: this is freedom, God says

 

to climb higher than I’d like, to take courage, to follow this heart

with its fist-sized, complicated machinations

leading me deeper into the secrets

of an orchard

 

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Selah—spoken poetry

flesh and blood, we seek to fill the gap, find

solace; immerse in endless streams

to console, mitigate the feeling

we might be alone, or worse              not alone

and have nothing to say worth saying,

too little to offer—

 

do we know, as we are                       we matter?

that God himself became

flesh and blood

 

our solace and endless stream

 

 

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A Hawk on the Post—spoken poetry

 

when the sun shines on a hawk on the post

go ahead, reach out

and stroke it

 

the fear of its turn: sudden death

do not let it frighten you,

my friend

 

it is the culmination of a soul gathered in,

shining out, over the din

of heaven

 

when the sun shines on a hawk on the post

go ahead, reach out

and stroke it

 

 

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