Hans Ostrom

Gold Star - 4,976 Points (1954 / California)

Villanelle: I Think I Know - Poem by Hans Ostrom

I think I know exactly what you need:
Someone to say you and your work are good.
But generosity is rare indeed.

Thirst needs its quench, hunger its feed.
But no less basic: to be understood.
I think I know exactly what you need.

To live among the petty might well lead
You to conclude you're just no good.
Yes, generosity is rare indeed.

To care, to listen take no special creed.
So tell me how you are. I'm in the mood
To learn about exactly what you need.

Someone who gives a damn: that's a rare breed,
For each self-centered tree thinks it's the woods.
Though generosity is rare indeed,
I think I know exactly what you need.

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  • Herbert Nehrlich1 (10/2/2008 1:19:00 AM)

    And I think this poem needs nothing else. It is perfect the way it is.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Poem Edited: Saturday, February 8, 2014

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