11-3 poem

The Center for Literate Values ~ Defending the Western tradition of responsible individualism, disciplined freedom, tasteful creativity, common sense, and faith in a supreme moral being.

 

P R A E S I D I U M

A Common-Sense Journal of Literary and Cultural Analysis

11.3 (Summer 2011)

 

poetry

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Penitence

 

Gazing into your eyes,

my heart sinks.

There is a barrier dividing us:

hurt, disappointment, sorrow,

that only forgiveness can dissolve.

My heart grieves

this avaricious beast of sin

that lurks within,

whispering lies incessantly,

enticing me to impart glory

unto that which is vain.

I stumbled and fell into its trap,

for which I am sorry.

Will you please forgive

this inherently graceless soul?

         Wesley Ross Harris

 

To the Beloved PAL Girls

Beauty without, beauty within, behold:

My gracious friends. As jewels in the sand

Their character displays a heart of gold,

Much joy is etched upon their every hand.

A sweet aroma of compassionate

Loyalty out of their countenance flows;

It soothes one’s soul. Implore stress: “dissipate”

It will as flower petals, which wind blows.

Intrigued they ask such simple things showing

Their care, comfort, counsel, concern, coolness;

They know all things in kids need cherishing.

Those kids have seen the face of loveliness!

My best of similes do try compare,

But none describes your glowing grace, I swear!

                                        Wesley Ross Harris