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Poetry by Shigé Clark

"Let the battered heart rejoice"

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The Last Two Coins

May be a black-and-white image of text that says 'You get it all. However small, I'm emptying the stores. The hope. The care. What wealth is there, the last two coins are Yours.'

I need you
to know, if this were
all, it would not only be
enough, but more
than I ever conceived – ever dared
in hoping for.
What a way to live – aflame
with trees, and sky, and sense, and
words like grain
pushing through the hard-packed earth.
Is it possible
to be so full
and not to burst?

That is why you must
know that this piece was enough
to bear the whole. A gasping at the brink
of tide. If this relief
is all you should provide, and even if
my lungs should shrivel in the sinking
now, it is well
received. Goodness is
carried far as grief. Our lighter
gift, too oft dimmed beneath
that oily blanket – but it
burns. It burns the longer,
through the age of man
and yonder. All else is
concealment, that lights at last
on the eternal flame.

I mean to say –

this one spark
proves all
enough
to burn
the dark
away.

From the Deep

I wanted to do a rhyming poem for you next, since it’s been so long
but this is what my heart had
From the Deep.JPG

Throwback Thursday: A Life Unchained

a life unchained

One Day Soon, remastered

One Day Soon remastered

A Remnant Remains

I wrote this in honor of a dear friend and great man, Philip List Jr. No poem could capture the power of his legacy. But as we honored his life, and his amazing family stood before us in unity and strength even amidst their sorrow, I was struck with the last words of this piece. So this is for him and for them.
“A Remnant Remains.”A Remnant Remains

Better Things

Better Things

Deep Dreams

Dreams

Morning in Bolzano

Morning in Bolzano

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