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from Songs: Not Just Survival included in The Closet Clandestine: a queer steps out
Ring me with young hearts,
Songs green with remembrance,
But not so green to be mowed.
With laughter on their breath,
And liquor too,
For they know what I have forgotten
And I need to know again.
Ring me with fiery youth,
Dancing boys who know their stuff,
Who know what I know,
That life is invincible
And when I whisper the truth to them,
They laugh at my failing body,
But laugh with my seeking soul
And hold me fast to the lies of youth
Which I need to remember
In this life of infinite laughter.
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|Reviewed by Chip Bergeron
|This I like very much.....melancholy but with a touch of sweetness and joy that is almost subliminal...
|Reviewed by Blue Sleighty
|Beautifully human. What I wish for myself upon the failing of my body. Coming ever so soon. lol|
|Reviewed by J AG
|Well written and a delight to the eyes and ears (I tend to read aloud). May your pen continue to flow!|
|Reviewed by Fabian Black
|Beautiful, evocative and moving, thank you.
|Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle
|An excellent and wonderful poem,take care
|Reviewed by John Flanagan
This is rich with evocation and nuance and beautifully phrased; truly worthwhile.
Edward C. Patterson