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I Whisper Upon Parchment
by Rodney Evan Bohen

Thursday, April 10, 2003

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I Whisper Upon Parchment

I whisper upon parchment
friendly and fare
my words
you'll find not
abiding elsewhere,
you see
for I blazed them in passion
from both pulpit and stage
park soapboxes, high rooftops
marketplaces indeed
from high horses
to mountaintops
they tolled like clear bells
my ear cupped
I listened
turning this way and that
ear cupped still straining
for mans answer
shouted back
I corneted again
my battle-cry of torn heart
protested and heralded
from mountaintops
camels backs
I cupped then my ear
to the east then the west
to hear well the answer
of man singing back
but instead just the echo
of my words swinging back
I stood seemed forever
with my ear bent and cupped
not bright as the next chap
who now by sea found in nap
I stood there a lifetime
begging audience to word
yet my words felled
upon the ear man wore
brought no answer ever back
I now scribble to parchment
my audience select
the heavens
clouds, stones and trees
that yes, answer me back
I called out to man till my
longing laid worn
I cried out to man
bout my heart oh so torn
I heard only laughter
in answer to mine
yes my call
my essence, I etched
in fresh bloodletting spree
it took more than courage
to sound the signal
and alarm of my soul,
yet they answered in ridicule,
yes, all, one and all
I mutter now
only to parchment
my whispered uttering of heart
for none seemed to hear
when I shouted and barked
my parchment
found friend
my words
scented in me
yes, inscribing my signature
on times
dusty aged old tree.

Rodney Evan Bohen
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Reviewed by Malachy MacFarlane (Reader) 4/16/2003
Lift your voice once more my friend for words such as you are able to weave should ring in the ears of all eternity. Mal.
Reviewed by coni lea harris (Reader) 4/11/2003
excellent read, I can see you standing on that mountain top, with ear cupped and you listened. you words do have a way of moving our minds, our emotions in a way some just don't have,,,
Reviewed by Bonnie Torrente 4/11/2003
Rodney, I think this poem is just beautiful. I enjoyed it very much. Thank you.
Bonnie
Reviewed by ya mama (Reader) 4/10/2003
great job sir
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader) 4/10/2003
Very well done
Peg
Reviewed by Adam Walsvik (Reader) 4/10/2003
There is pain here yes but also courage. Thank you.

Adam
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 4/10/2003
Lots of feelings into this one, Rodney! I enjoyed it!

Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Oisín Breen 4/10/2003
i whisper its enjoyable writing
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