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44 - an original poem for Poetry Friday

I wrote this in early 2009. The title represents the 44th President of the United States. I've held this one for years, wondering whether I ought to share it. But today, a day of great joy and sorrow (joy for marriage equality, sorrow for the racist killings in Charleston), seems like the right time, finally.

44
by Kelly Ramsdell Fineman

Hope threatens to burst
my chest open,
my Grinchy heart
growing three sizes today.
An unfamiliar feeling
pride? patriotism? no—
joy, enthusiastic and unbridled,
accompanied by a palpable lightening
of heart, mind and spirit.


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Mary Lee Hahn
Jun. 26th, 2015 11:12 pm (UTC)
Perfect poem for today!
kellyrfineman
Jun. 27th, 2015 12:20 am (UTC)
Thanks, Mary Lee. It's funny how many times I've looked at it and shrugged, and then today it shone like a beacon. Weird.
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kellyrfineman
Jun. 27th, 2015 12:20 am (UTC)
This seems to be true!
angeladegroot
Jun. 28th, 2015 01:35 pm (UTC)
"my Grinchy heart" I love that line.
kellyrfineman
Jun. 29th, 2015 04:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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