This column is dedicated to one of the highest art forms in the sphere of human communication—Poetry. Nothing is nobler than the expression of human emotion. All poetry is perfect, no matter what the format or the background of the poet. A voice is a voice. With poetry, you get more than words. You get rhythm, you get sound, you get silence, you get mood—you get emotion. What more can you ask? This column is also dedicated to all the people who have ever lived, those here now, and those yet to come. God bless the poets among you. They carry the soul of the world.

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The Bathroom Mirror

Introspection can come at any time. For me, the morning shower begins the new day, yesterday’s tomorrow. In that private moment, when you’re naked in the world and cleansed of yesterday, renewal begins.

In the bathroom mirror stands a naked man

Fresh from a morning shower,

Drops of water still glistening on his shoulder

Waiting for the towel at his side.

The corners of his lips curl upward in a grin

While a hand comes forward with index finger pointed at the reflection

A gentle voice within says, “I like you!”

Interrupting the silence meant only for one.

The gesture imparts a feeling good enough to bear repeating

So, again he says, “I like you!”

The emphasis on “like” has greater intensity and

The reflection seems more sincere the second time around.

It is gratifying to know that the first person you meet in the morning has a warm feeling for you

And a willingness to accept you just the way you are,

Knowing everything that’s come before.

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