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A Cautious Verdict
by Barbara Kasey Smith
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
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Jonathan's boat-lights fade out of sight,
noxious fumes fuse with the darkness.
I'm sinking into the soft muck...
want to gain a grip or I'll slide.
Gooseflesh runs along my spine.
Dad warned me never to go near the water.

Disputes over Dad...robbed our affections,
reducing me to a scab...
itchy and crusted over.
An urge to leap into the lake,
soften the hardness but,
Dad's loss weighs on me.
He warned me never go near the water.

A light wind triggers a decision...
my deteriorating grip becomes a tighter clutch
and caution rules the verdict.
I gather my hurts and madness,
put them away to ripen and to mend,
I kept my promise and didn't go near the water.

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Reviewed by Ted Bossis
YOU WERE ALWAYS A WORK IN PROGRESS - MOMENT BY MOMENT ---Ted
Reviewed by Richard Orey
Barbara, you've brought to mind the load we all carry, whether out of habit or respect. I hope you'll continue to find the time to write. May I quote myself: "What I focus upon becomes reality. I have the power to choose."
Love to you,
Richard
Reviewed by Robert Harrison
A wise decison and a heart felt poem.
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