When You Read A Poem Do Not Expect Too Much - Poem by RIC S. BASTASA

when you read a poem do not expect too much
from every word

my words too falter and fall short
of strength like the runner who always wins his sprint
and now in his worst state
mourns for his knee
which is broken

my images too wilt like some red roses that
a lover offered once to his true love
but now deserted
and looks at them in the state of dryness

when you read this poem do not therefore expect too much
this is just a sigh
looking for an opening in the crevices of an understanding heart

this poem is just a mirror and you will be the face who must
give your smile
the light from the window that shall provide the glimmer

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 4, 2008

Poem Edited: Saturday, April 18, 2009

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