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Faith Harper has been writing poetry since she was 17 years old. After moving here from Ohio, she raised a family, has been active in various organizations and taught history at Tokay High School for 25 years as well as getting married again. Faith is retired and continues to pursue her interests in politics and writing.

Posted: Friday, July 26, 2013 9:26 am

My Phoenix is my soul at every age

She soars from her ashes

When I sit faded

Sagging from the weight of cares.

My Phoenix rises up at the dawn

When all cares have burned away

My Phoenix sees all the stars within me

Dark ruby eyes ringed in gold search my innermost sanctum

Those knowing orbs of worlds yet to be


My Phoenix glows in the moonlight

When the other nightbirds chitter and chafe

Under the dread of darker shadows

My Phoenix has been there at every age

I have waited for her through my trials

As I have left behind each stage of my lives.

My Phoenix rises in the fire of passions that have scorched me

In the sackcloth and ashes of deserted loves

Rues the forgetful friends who visit only in my memory.

My Phoenix is my soul,

dramatic in flights of fancy

Keening over my deaths, my many little deaths

Calling in her song to lament no more.

My Phoenix is better seen in the night

For contrast of fire and


I burn again ... it is my age they say, creeping in

And the embers glow deep red.

I am too hot to touch

Mercurial moods capture me and my solitary


My Phoenix and I soar again, timeless

Out of the ashes colors,


You cannot stop me

You cannot catch me

Leaving the ashes of regret.

She still flies to me.

Her feathers dazzle again.

Once again betrays me

For I am all these ages.



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