Poetry

February 12, 2019 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

Melany Rochester photo

 

By

JD DeHart

 

 

 

A Slightly Different Form

 

 

First, he appeared

as a beggar asking for candy

on the street.  Bumming

for a drug no one had.

 

We are all searchers.

 

Then, he became a strong

force, an arm.  The right hand

of justice, dispelling those tattered

robes.  A figure out of hiding.

 

Let’s turn over the world.

 

Finally, a pedagogue, wise from his

weary journey.  Tired of late night

deals, clutching his weapons.  Tired

of his power he found a new one.

 

Teach a lesson, strike a chord.

 

 

 

 

 

When I Came to This Place

 

 

I was a scared kid

who did not see himself.

High school dropout, scrawny,

urging toward the end of

adolescence.

 

I was going to be a pastor

and save the world with fiery

sermons, even though I’m more

even-toned than all that.

 

I was going to do something,

but who knew what?

 

People have died,

offices have changed, buildings have

been erected.  I started using words

like erected.

 

I have made myself known

in a place and, while some people

still take a glance now and then,

others have their well-rounded opinions.

 

They share it in brisk hellos

and unanswered emails, in doors that

are closed.

 

But sometimes a closed door is all

the answer we need to finding the next

stage in what we are.

 

 

 

 

 

jddehart

JD DeHart

JD DeHart is a writer and teacher. His chapbook, The Truth About Snails, is available from RedDashboard.

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