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And Let Me Be
by J.A. Aarntzen

Saturday, April 26, 2008
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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A seventies poem about the desire to have dignity

And Let Me Be

Do you envision me as a jester with no hopes?
Am I am man who embarks on the glorious rage?
Give me time to envelope your thoughts and you’ll perceive depth
Maybe not the depth you believe in but you’ll admit I’m not shallow
You may say that I’m superficial and what I say has been said before
Whether they were said or not, I arrived at them myself
And let me be
Let me roll in my false visions
Let me mistake and be mistaken.
Do you wash me away from all that is to be dealt with seriously?
Am I to be passed off as a member of the herd?
If you give me a chance I’ll try to say all the words I want to say
They’ll probably not cohere to the phrases that should be spoken
You will think that I have no mastery of matching tongue and thought
You’ll pay no attention to what I say but you’ll notice how I say it
And let me be
Let me stutter in my ramblings
Let me talk and be listened.
Storyteller On The Lake
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Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis 6/6/2008
"Whether they were said or not, I arrived at them myself" - I love this line. I've had this thought myself. There is such a deep yearning to be known, to be understood (or at least an attempt made to be understood) that emanates from our very core. It's easy to try to deny that yearning once you've been dismissed or repeatedly misunderstood, but it remains. You've expressed this so well.

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