Willem VanVoorthuysen Poems

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Axioms For Life

How do we prove that 1 + 1 makes 2?
We don't, we just accept it. But why?
Because our teachers told us so,
and on, and on, and on, and on,

My Guardian Angel

While driving home late nights,
in heavy traffic, moving fast,
on narrow country highways,
I tell myself you are still there,

Real Men Don'T Cry

Since you went home, days turned to weeks
and weeks to months, and I'm still crying, at the sight,
the touch, the smell of things that once were yours,
and feeling lonely, even when surrounded

A Thousand Love Affairs

It has been said, a man can love a thousand women,
all in the same old way that one-day butterflies
love flowers, because there are so many,
that touching only one in their short life

God's Master Plan

Lord of the universe, You let us probe
the fearsome voids of outer space,
the hellish fires that in volcanoes rage,
the cold, dark secrets of the deepest seas,

Welcome Home, Veterans

Will there be flowers to greet them?
What shall we do with this peace?
The one we so devoutly pray for,
young men and women die for,

I Was Deaf And Blind

For years, I lived a lonely life
in an imaginary underworld

Forced Audience

To my Angel Frieda:
Immersing myself

Loving Our Language

Why should I ever want
my poems to convey
their messages in clear
and unmistakable terms,

Precious Privilege

Returning home from volunteering as a kitchen aide,
who helped much older people get warm meals,
you could not sleep at night, because your little feet
were hurting you so badly, that I felt honored