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Whether You Sing Along Or Not


by Gerard Donnelly Smith





"Poems are rough notations for the music that we are."
—Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-1273)

(Swans - January 2, 2006)  
No matter which road, trod or untrodden,
whichever metaphor you have chosen
to describe your purpose and fate,
whether you are enlightened or saved,
believe in rebirth or have faith you're reborn,
even if nothing matters more or less to you,
the line begins and the line ends
with crying and with laughter.

No matter how deep the roots in sand or rock,
whichever simile you have chosen
to embed your tenacious or fleeting life within,
whether you are a rose with thorns or without,
believe that everything moves like water,
even if steam does rise from a melting pond,
the poem's end was within its beginning
with or without your understanding.

No matter when desire first found you empty,
whichever figures you may have crafted
to give flesh to your wild and ecstatic thoughts,
whether you litter the floor with notes or crumbled paper,
believe that every draft brings you one draft closer,
even if words cannot hold all your intended meanings,
this book was finished before you began
with or without your ever having touched the pen.


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About the Author

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Published January 2, 2006