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Two Poems by Joseph Ohmer

April 2010


The beginning was fun but lost.
The next was short, abrupt, terrifying
And also lost.
The now is new, terrifying, lost
And oh so gratifying.

Who could know misdirection and fear
Could have so many beginnings and middles
And lead to such an end,
Which is really a beautiful
And much awaited

Three Letters

I start as a blank slate
To be filled with THE world's lessons,
Wisdom, my wisdom.

Numbers then letters fill up my surface.
Math, english, history, philosophy
THE list continues to grow.
ALL TOO much at THE start.

When will it END?
It won't. I will.

These three NEW letters ADD greater weight than ANY others,
Changing everything.
Just three letters bring THE END.
I'VE learned other sets of letters.
WHY do these three stop me from finishing ALL else.

If I could just master these three,
Then I could move on,
Continue to grow.

So many NEW lessons AND rules NOW ADD to my games.
Solutions THE greatest minds of OUR time
Continually discover ARE NOT quite true

CAN I keep up with minds multiples greater than mine?
I must do more than TRY.
I can't OWN THE failure implied in merely trying.

I MAY NOT grow past those minds,
BUT at least I'LL grow.
That's THE real solution,

If I CAN keep growing no matter HOW great or small,
Then I'm more,
More than just three letters.

That is THE truth.
Beyond THE numbers, THE philosophy, THE science, THE politics,
Beyond three letters

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