It takes a lot of courage
to bare one's soul in verse,
to tell about the best
but not leave out the worst.

It takes a lot of courage
to let the spirit free
to open up the heart
for all the world to see;
to share one's soul with people
that one has never met,
the tears and all the heartaches
we'd just as soon forget.

But I suppose there's virtue
composing little rhymes --
our thoughts become uplifted
recalling better times.

Copyright 1994 Ruth Gillis

Published in Parnassus Literary Journal Fall 1994 and
RB's Poets' Viewpoint July 1998

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