This is a place for poems about human nature. They can be long or short, formal or free verse, or whatever illuminates the persona and shadow of being alive here.
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HIGHWAYS & BYWAYS
I found myself upon a road.
It was so wide, that “larger way”,
where throngs marched on, each with his load,
and with a list of debts to pay.
My joyful heart turned discontent.
It turned against that “larger way.”
I found some byways heaven sent
where all alone I’d dance and play.
Now lately one or two bold bods
have joined me on my wayward track
and now I’d stake you any odds
not one of us is going back.
Amidst the shame and all the stresses,
picking up my dole
to feed obscure and sore recesses
in the redness of my soul
so far beyond fragile caresses,
can I admit I am not whole,
but only straw that one confesses
before hiding, dark as coal,
counting on the one who blesses
even what I broke and stole
from the hoppers and the presses
as I tried to fill my bowl,
and with rags and torn off tresses
made a claim upon parole?
For, with all my many messes,
I am an ordinary soul.