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Penance
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Penance

Reading
only the poet's words
alone
as they fill white space
on the computer screen
or page
is a sin
for which to owe
penance;

seeing the mere form and size of font
the style,
array of set out format
length of text
individual character strokes
and the pattern of line breaks

and taking all these in
one time, in an irreverent rush
not reaching to grasp
the pain, pleasure,
fear, confidence
hope and humour
behind the craft
of their
conception

would sentence you to the corner
of the schoolroom
or behind the confessional's curtain

but you would not be alone

the poet, having failed
must be assigned
his or her
own requisite
Hail Marys
and make
full penance too

(c)by Maureen L. Glaude
May 26, 02



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Submitted: Thursday, August 7, 2003

Last Updated: Thursday, July 12, 2012

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