Tuesday, July 15, 2014

the way in can be the way out

personal to universal

the way in can be the way out,
as to write of the personal
can explode one out into the universal,

I write of the specifics of my muscles
remembering an arm break,
and the parallel specifics of remembering a death,
and somehow my poem finds its way to resonance with others,

we can barely be conscious of our own stories
as we live in first person 
and don’t slip into the third person of narrating our own life,

yet we each have a story
and nobody knows it 
unless a way can open
for another to know us well enough
to know our character within the plot we live,

all around us people live stories that deserve to be told,

the way into another’s world
can remind us that stories need to be shared.

by Henry H. Walker
July 5, ’14

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