A POET'S TRUTH


The words we write so often serve a need
For those who ever feel compelled to read.
They snip a line or two from this and that,
Then tuck it safely underneath their hat.
When life perhaps becomes a bit unkind,
Our poets' words may soothe their troubled mind.

It's not for us to know, when truth we write,
Which lines will coax some soul to see the light.
A gentle nudge will usually suffice
To melt a frigid heart as cold as ice.
But if you feel it takes a little more,
Then make your truth like claps of thunder roar.

The poet who holds back in timid fear
Will never write the words that others hear.

Copyright 1996 Ruth Gillis

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