POETRY

A meditation

Cheerful senior woman on a swing
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Note: Below the poem is an audio clip of the author reading the poem.

A life is a story
we write in inks of
trouble and triumph,
jumble and joy,
prose and poetry.
You are mere co-author, but
know for whom you write.

A life is a song,
often off key
and…

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POETRY

A prayer

Ukrainian soldier
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Springtime in Europe:
Renewed flowering of
bullies, bullets, and bombs,
seeding the crop for
next year.

So has it always been.
So shall it ever be.
No new thing under the
springtime sun.
Unless…

Dear Lord:
Bring a climate change.

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Copyright ©2022, Paul H. Harder II
This poem is licensed under…

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POETRY

On the excursion of your life

Mountain stream in a forest, obscured by mist at the turning round the bend
Photo © Tom Thompson, used by permission

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

What comes next is mystery,
obscured by fog
and bends in the river.
Lay deft hands on each oar,
pull together to miss the rocks.

Our first time for this river.
What dangers await,
what challenges?
Do we have…

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POETRY

Life is sweet

The view while offroading in the western United States
Photo ©Tom Thompson, used by permission

A milk chocolate mountain
behind a plain of white chocolate,
near a caramel butte.
Butterscotch ground littered
with green Skittles.
Cotton candy floating above.
Why was I trying to find the road?

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Copyright ©2021, Paul H. Harder II
This poem is licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 License.

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POETRY

Have you had that dream?

Birds flying over a river at night
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Note: Below the poem is an audio clip of the author reading the poem.

Just after dark, still at play,
you are young, full of enthusiasms,
running, joyful, light upon the path.
Now lighter, only toes touching earth,
and lighter still, skimming the blades of grass.
And you soar.
You circle…

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POETRY

It knocks again and again

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

When a door slams shut,
securely locked and
breaking my nose:

Do I turn back?
Look for the key?
Or kick in the door?

Do I delay to fix the broken nose?
Or struggle on, wearing it
as…

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Paul H. Harder II

Paul H. Harder II

Poet, software engineer, Ph.D. meteorologist, husband, father, grandfather.