Task & Purpose

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A Poem By Gerald Alan Ney

Task & Purpose 10/26/2018
(See also Poet's Dilemma & Imperative
and Caedmon's Choice)

I see the mountains,
I see the sea,
And sometimes
Both together.
~
I've heard their voices
and sung their songs;
Noted their signs inscribed
On Gaia's fluid face.
~
I could tell you
What I was gifted,
What I received
Into my mind and heart,
Soul and spirit.
~
But as our ears
Are different,
Unique;
What you hear
Will be measured, weighed,
Sifted, filtered,
By what you are.
~
And yet,
Again the words
Insistently call
For impression to expression.
~
As they once did
To Caedmon
Of the dream song:
"Sing me a song."
~
So I put voice to ink,
and color to letters,
A novice's crayola scrawls,
And pray to strike and stroke
A plangent chord
To resonate
On expectant strings
Of someone's inner harp.

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