Leonard Dabydeen

Veteran Poet - 1,994 Points (Guyana)

Please Read Me As I Am - Poem by Leonard Dabydeen

Please read me as I am

a book of words and pictures

a book of people, places and things

a book of numbers and graphics

a book of winds and waves

and journeys of man and animals

hammered in parchment

bonded in erudition

sometimes I can make you laugh

if you have a sense of humor

or make you cry, don't ask me why

or watch you devour me

only to relish more, some more

please read me as I am

let me be your pooja

in an atmosphere

of lavender and jasmine

and capture the evanescence

of our past, present and future

nothing to escape

nothing to hide

sometimes derisive

or deceptive and divisive

a story-teller with a mind filtered

on pages with numbers

fingered in enigmatic delight

under the scrutiny of your kindled light

you must taste me first

make certain the palate offers

sweet or sour approval

and then some

as you swallow knowingly

ingredients oozing enzymes

with finer prints

and then some

for the digestive juices

to relish in recessed delight

meanwhile as I play

with the tourniquet

of Sir Francis Bacon

please read me as I am.


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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 25, 2010



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