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Rapunzel

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About the poet

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, November 1, 2013 7:29 am

I am Rapunzel with my head out the window instead of hair

My tresses are smoke and mirrors wafting whichever way the wind blows

I speak to the stars and they wink at back me understanding the humor of my plight

I braid my thoughts together in this quiet space after abduction by my circumstance

I am Cassandra fated to live speaking truths that no one wants to hear

Imprisoned for a time in this tower of responsibility

Though ashes mark my brow there is still a hot ember or two left. They burn into my heart

I sit in sackcloth torn with sorrow as my reddened eyes gaze at the night.

Shadows comfort me

Outline of trees define my limitations against the moonlight

I wait for the comet to come shooting by.

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