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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Poetry of JD DeHart


they wait for me
to speak and bring up
a word

string out a syllable
like lights at the pool
tell a story in a voice
other than my own

but I am not the same
person I was two pages
ago and the flash is gone
along with whatever dazzle
I could muster.

Popular Culture

the voice of the television
tells me what to wear
while the actress winks
at me
she looks grand on the screen
probably four feet tall in life

I have been told
to buy a product, believe
a slogan

so I try my best to ignore it all
like Guy Montag on the tube.

High Achievement

This is the hillside
we could climb and look down
to see ourselves
climbing up

Not a vapid inspirational poster
but the truth
that we are not the same
small us

That started this wobbling
journal on thin legs.

JD DeHart

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