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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, February 7, 2014 7:39 am

The essence of the verb

But I dare not use the Hebrew word

blaspheming

But

I am

The reflective eye of the hawk

The wind that channels its course

I am

A part of everyone else

The collective cosmos

The writer’s block

The tortured poet

A piece of watermelon

Juicy with hard black seeds

Verdant shell

I am

A teenage waitress with thin arms

Lifting heavy trays of dirty dishes

A new mother overwhelmed by the exquisite

Pain of birth

Feeling life

I am

The ruler slapped on the teacher’s desk

To get attention

The sharpened wit of too much thought

I am

An overdue bill

A check in the mail

I am

The first blade of crocus

Pushing though the snow

A haiku in a world of sound bytes

I am a tortoise

Capable of withdrawing

Into my shell

To protect myself

I am turtles all the way down

I am rosy-fingered dawn as

On the mourning cry of the turtle dove ... I will be.

I am totally diminished yet strangely nourished by

The Great I AM.

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