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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Words Become A Poet's Life

It takes a long time to grow an old friend.” – John Leonard

Born in the UK on this date in 1965, Leonard studied at the University of Oxford and then moved to Australia in 1991 where he still makes his home in Canberra.  The past poetry editor of the quarterly Overland, he is focusing on both writing poems and criticism, his most recent book is Think of the World: Collected Poems 1986-2016.

For Saturday’s Poem, here are two of Leonard"s short poems.

Words’ purpose – to tell
Of the earth and starry sky.
All living things between
Of sunlit, spindrift moments.
Where only and once can you
Find yourself, your time.

                                    Certainty Becomes
                                    Certainty becomes time’s whole cloth.
                                    But that is what we never can have.
                                    And a moment more in time shows
                                    Our time is out of true.

                                    Certainty sees only the straight road.
                                    Many chapters have been written.
                                    Many conclusions proposed, all comfortable. 
                                    But we cannot know the end of our story.

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