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I Have

i have seen a tiny boy with insomnia and pain
stand with an autstralian man who put his hands
behind that tiny bent racked back a few inches away
and i have heard the boy laugh and shout out loud
"i feel a force" then sleep through the night and play all day

i have heard a hindu man tell his people
"if you kill the parents of a muslim child
take that child into or home raise him in his faith
treat him as your own"

i have sipped from a clean running tree surrounded stream
i have tasted the salt of two seas and felt waves
like the gentle massage or the angry fists of an invisible water goddess
i have smelled petrichor the cologne of the gods
while bare-footed felt the color green on my feet
i have wiped my mouth with a muddy wet hand and tasted space dust
and asteroids a billion years old

i have licked my fingers
after thumbing through the worthy pages in various holy books
and i have tasted the beginnings of faith and hope
i have listened to young men who were kids of the streets
in africa not allowed to go to school
tell how they stood outside classroom windows
and somehow learned to read and i have read
poetry from them and brilliant compassionate prose

i have held and been licked by a new puppy or kitten
and smelled the smell of the brand new the original too
i have seen a newborn smile before it ever knew what for
i have seen jewelry made by a woman from fossils
allowing us to wear millions of years around our necks

i have heard a bird before it soared to touch the almighty
i have felt divinity in the energy of humanity
i have watched grace melt the stone face of adversity
i have sensed near perfection in the connection of all

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difficult to read, even though the lack of capitalization and punctuation. There are many great lines here and I applaud some of the best:
"while barefooted felt the color of green on my feet"
"I have seen a newborn smile before it ever knew what for"
"allowing us to wear millions of years around our necks"
~ Geezer.
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A quite nice poem, but what a shame it is that the poet chose to fall into the contemporary trap, which is, to omit essential punctuation, such as a period at the end of the last verse, and capitalization, as in "the almighty," It's always "the Almighty" with a capital A.
I love the line, "i have held and been licked by a new puppy or kitten," even though the lower case 'i' should be "I."
JerryK.

while bare-footed felt the color green on my feet for me this one powerful line I love it This poem touched me deeply I caanot find one flaw and must say I got lost in your words wonderful piece of writing
Lynn

Let your mercy spill on all those
burning hearts in hell( L.Cohen)

thanks everyone. i wrote this for a challenge subject spirituality. i am so used to not using punctuation much, capitals i never think about it. i will work on myself. i do almost always capitalize God or Jesus. Dr. King, Gandhi, Mother Teresa. i do actually remember how to use a capital letter. i have been told or have heard one should either use exactly correct punctuation or none. maybe i am not so good at this lol

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how you can go wrong in using capitals for the beginning of a sentence and commas for a pause. Not much to that and it certainly makes for easier reading. How many times have you written something, where others have said: "The rhythm is off" ? Using punctuation is a way to direct the reading in the manner that you wish it to be read. Most times, I leave off the periods at the end of a sentence, but most always use the question mark, for asking and exclamation points for emphasis. ~ Gee.
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