POETRY

By way of introduction

Photo of the author in the Spring of 2020
Photo of the author in the Spring of 2020
The Author in the Spring of 2020

Note: Below the poem is an audio clip of the author reading the poem.


POETRY

A poem of loss of childhood

Child dressed as a superhero, triumphantly raising arms
Child dressed as a superhero, triumphantly raising arms
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Note: Below the poem is an audio clip of the author reading the poem.


POETRY

Seize the mug

Man reading the newspaper while holding a coffee mug
Man reading the newspaper while holding a coffee mug
Image from rawpixel

Note: Below the poem is an audio clip of the author reading the poem.


ESSAY

If you’d like to be wealthy

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It’s not as if poems put cash in the bank.
It’s not as if reading imparts social rank.
But some things do well to fill up your tank
with concepts, ideas, and mental reserve.


POETRY

Probably the only acrostic poem I shall ever write

A grandfather shaking hands with his grandson — or perhaps handing something to him
A grandfather shaking hands with his grandson — or perhaps handing something to him
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Poetry is not exactly my whole life — mostly
A way to prevent my being completely
Unknown to generations that will follow.
Long after I am gone, my work can


POETRY

I’m not the polyglot I’d like to be

The international newspaper rack in the airport at Copenhagen, Denmark
The international newspaper rack in the airport at Copenhagen, Denmark
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Note: Below the poem is an audio clip of the author reading the poem.


POETRY

As you love yourself

Young boy admiring his painting of a flower near him in the garden
Young boy admiring his painting of a flower near him in the garden
Image from Dreamstime, © Dan Rossini

Note: Below the poem is an audio clip of the author reading the poem.


Four-month old Husky dog sitting and looking beautiful in a field of bluebonnets
Four-month old Husky dog sitting and looking beautiful in a field of bluebonnets
Photo Copyright ©2021, Kayla Rosenbaum, used by permission

It’s a dog’s life

Paul H. Harder II

💙 POMpoet💙 Software engineer, meteorologist, husband, father, grandfather

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