Truthsayer – Laurence Overmire

Truthsayer Truthfully, I say unto you, The wise man who Claims To know the Truth Is, in truth, A fool. And that’s no lie. (Previously…

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The Iranian Girl – Laurence Overmire

The Iranian Girl There’s a hole in the ground A moving of earth, now made A sad depression Where once she played in Puddle-rain Splashing…

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Spider’s Web – Laurence Overmire

Spider’s Web A perfect creation Knit between branch and oak leaf Of glistening silken line Catching light Pure testimony, this ancient wisdom Living locket Dangled…

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Quasimodo- To Esmeralda – Laurence Overmire

Quasimodo- To Esmeralda i look into your eyes and see the stars burning quietly in a midnight sky and i am humbled. what hope have…

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Odyssey – Laurence Overmire

Odyssey Thirty years is a long time Thirty years… These streets were mine thirty years ago I knew them all Every turn, every alley A…

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Lost Child – Laurence Overmire

Lost Child The child rocks back and forth Shivering in the bleak night of a third-world winter A blanket full of holes Maggots crawling in…

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Hiding Under The Covers – Laurence Overmire

Hiding Under The Covers Those who refuse to look at or give expression to the dark side of life are in denial fear preventing passage…

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Family Portrait – Laurence Overmire

Family Portrait It was so hard to get everybody Together At the same time But finally we set a date and First of all it…

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Culloden Moor,16 Apr 1746 – Laurence Overmire

Culloden Moor,16 Apr 1746 Face to the wind in bitter cold Beards crusted with ice Gray eyes steeled in fierce rebellion No foreign blade to…

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Barking Up My Tree – Laurence Overmire

Barking Up My Tree Don’t take me seriously, please Take me with a grain of sandstone A geologic sediment of inter-galactic sludge Take my human…

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According To Webster – Laurence Overmire

According To Webster Some would call him an Aerobacter A short, rod-shaped, Gram-negative Bacteria Free living in nature Typically inhabiting the intestinal tracts Of humans…

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Xenia, Ohio (Tornado, Apr.4,1974) – Laurence Overmire

Xenia, Ohio (Tornado, Apr.4,1974) Heard it on the news, several hours distance The tornado touched down. Blew away the pond in the park. The ducks…

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The Word – Laurence Overmire

The Word There is a word Somewhere Hidden In the dark, back wayward recesses of my brain The perfect word That fits the cadence and…

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The Dalai Lama – Laurence Overmire

The Dalai Lama The Compassionate One Whether he is the reincarnation Of a particular soul or not is Immaterial He is indeed the reincarnation Of…

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Shopping For The Perfect Card – Laurence Overmire

Shopping For The Perfect Card Pretty cards inked with flowers, beaches, boats and such Do not express What lurks within the heart There are no…

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Parent Child – Laurence Overmire

Parent Child Every poem is an individual A song with its own music Its own unique voice Its own particular way of expression Suited, in…

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No More As Usual – Laurence Overmire

No More As Usual We walk hand in hand with Death every day We just never noticed him before Pretending we had control, no such…

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Into The Sunset – Laurence Overmire

Into The Sunset Pain and Happiness, Suffering and Joy They walk together, arm in arm Inseparable companions, lovingly engaged Along the sea’s sometimes smooth, sometimes…

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Glass Houses – Laurence Overmire

Glass Houses Poetry has been delicate crystal preciously placed quaint curio, glass and brass the far right corner pedestal and candle high above the mantle…

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Elvis – Laurence Overmire

Elvis The King died Some many years ago today I didn’t know him very well But a lot of people did You can hear them…

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Card Game – Laurence Overmire

Card Game Do me a favor and have the guts To show your face Lay your heart upon the table Not hidden up your sleeve…

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Artful Dodger – Laurence Overmire

Artful Dodger Motifs in my life Recur in my art Like some persistent beggar Demanding some final Restitution For the travesties he’s Endured. (Previously published…

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Who’s Glad To See Me – Laurence Overmire

Who’s Glad To See Me The dog in the house Always cheerful, tail wagging Love offered without condition A refreshing breath (I kid you not)…

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The Road To Damascus – Laurence Overmire

The Road To Damascus God creates poets To speak for him In the divine tongue Mortals take heed Next time you Kill a poet With…

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Sunrise At Garibaldi – Laurence Overmire

Sunrise At Garibaldi The timbers rise out of the bay On a clouded, sunlit morning Reflection’s pier in the water An old weather-worn shack Five…

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Sad Sacked – Laurence Overmire

Sad Sacked He was a weird fellow Sat around reading books when he Should have been working Well, at least LOOKING like he was working…

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One Without The Other – Laurence Overmire

One Without The Other Life when viewed through the prism of Death Appears in all its splendor. (Previously published in Westward Quarterly, Spring 2000, Vol.2,…

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Minimum Wage – Laurence Overmire

Minimum Wage If life can’t be loved Lived long with passion The deep caress of soulful Night and day What use then The slow trudge…

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In A Tiny Room – Laurence Overmire

In A Tiny Room the dust upon the floor a cache of broken curios tables cluttered clean my life tumbled here about me years have…

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Forgive – Laurence Overmire

Forgive Take the ego, put it in a box. Set it on the table. Acknowledge, heart-wise The inter-connection of one to another. Recognize fault. Without…

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Doctor In Spite Of Himself – Laurence Overmire

Doctor In Spite Of Himself Pen in hand I am the doctor Standing in the delivery room Ever so gently taking the head of The…

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Blows To The Head – Laurence Overmire

Blows To The Head the rules were laid inside his head in block cement we had to take a hammer to his skull to break…

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Anjou – Laurence Overmire

Anjou My pear are so Delightful, I must speak now With a fake French accent And say, oui oui Come come The time is ripe…

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Unfinished Symphony – Laurence Overmire

Unfinished Symphony We were told somehow Creation happened a Long, long, time ago But look around you Each day brings Things not seen or heard…

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The First Taste Of Beer – Laurence Overmire

The First Taste Of Beer was enough to make you wretch you remember how it was but with time, we learned to savor you and…

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Song For Marty (A Tribute To Marty Robbins) – Laurence Overmire

Song For Marty (A Tribute To Marty Robbins) The cowboy poet Still sings His storied melodies ‘round a flickering fire On the wide open range…

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Progress – Laurence Overmire

Progress We Westernized thinkers, strive in the noblest Airs of our endeavors To make this a better world, but We don’t see the world is…

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Ode To An Endangered Species – Laurence Overmire

Ode To An Endangered Species Will you not leave us here too long We have not paid attention To squander the best of the world…

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Look Twice – Laurence Overmire

Look Twice What do you allow to enter your life And what do you refuse to admit? These are the choices that make you Complete…

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Heads And Tails – Laurence Overmire

Heads And Tails Foolish humans we must realize (at our peril) in the course of diminishing time that opposites are merely different unlike sides of…

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Famed – Laurence Overmire

Famed We were in the service of the man Hired minimum wage Casting a show, Broadway-bound He could do no wrong I thought Famous playwright,…

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Curtain Down – Laurence Overmire

Curtain Down the stage is dark barren my footsteps echo hollowly no one hears but me the swish of a broom melodic constant the janitor…

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Bards In Arms – Laurence Overmire

Bards In Arms Poetry is the last bastion of free speech The people’s pure unfettered voice We shall defend it at all costs Against the…

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Above The Clouds – Laurence Overmire

Above The Clouds Have you ever flown in a plane and climbed above the clouds? No matter how dark and gray the world below, above…

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Words – Laurence Overmire

Words Words have no meaning in the language of the heart No sound No syllable No lettered thought Can express the something That dwells within…

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Thine Own – Laurence Overmire

Thine Own There is contradiction in what you suppose. Can you wear a man’s armor, yet Wield a feminine heart? It is the power of…

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The Corset Of Time – Laurence Overmire

The Corset Of Time In 1900 women wore corsets insisted upon by vanity and men’s eyes strapped and pulled within a frame too tight to…

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Seven Set Free, Jan.28,1986 (A Tribute To The Space Shuttle Challenger) – Laurence Overmire

Seven Set Free, Jan.28,1986 (A Tribute To The Space Shuttle Challenger) What was it That mocked sweet sleep A message from beyond Understanding Some doom…

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Painting An Inch Thick – Laurence Overmire

Painting An Inch Thick The paint on my face is peeling Too long without a fresh coat to Cover up the blemish of mistaken —identity—…

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No More – Laurence Overmire

No More I am but a dream In this instant, you hear me Speak, see my face The eyes that tell my story But when…

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Intake – Laurence Overmire

Intake the quiet seconds of fingers touching centuries of lifetimes passing alone in the breath of night. (Previously published in Pegasus, Vol.15, No.1, Spring 2000;…

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Give It To Me – Laurence Overmire

Give It To Me Give me the power of a king Give me the heart of a saint Give me the deeds of a knight…

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Elegy – Laurence Overmire

Elegy The moment immortal Is revisited again and again A life that refuses to be beaten A death that will not be forgotten Stepping into…

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Castor Oil – Laurence Overmire

Castor Oil Art has to be foisted on people Pushed through the doors of indifference Stuck on billboards of vacant mind Paid for in guilt,…

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Arrowhead – Laurence Overmire

Arrowhead Those who have not heard the Songs of the Fathers Have not heeded the cries of Mother Earth She whose heart bleeds when Brother’s…

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Wade In The Wave – Laurence Overmire

Wade In The Wave Every stone I cast on water ripples to the edge of an unknown world and when in time another stone skims…

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The Smoke Of Gallipoli – Laurence Overmire

The Smoke Of Gallipoli Nineteen years old He lost his legs A field of shard and wire Trench and bunker Bullets flying Australians and Turks…

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Stuck – Laurence Overmire

Stuck He is stuck Behind the wall Between the fire place And the brick facade There is nothing to be done A fatal falling From…

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Rumpelstiltskin – Laurence Overmire

Rumpelstiltskin I weave the gold with clandestine fingers In silken thread of head and heart A skein of treasure lying on the floor In a…

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Once A Year – Laurence Overmire

Once A Year At Christmas We pay our respects to the truth— The interconnection of all Mankind Then we lay our sentiment On a New…

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