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Lives Unlived by Don Odom


The cemeteries are filled
with lives unlived
the stones with carvings forgotten

The vessels lay
in boxes decayed
in garments thoroughly rotten

If God would grant the corpse
one wish
what do you think it would be?

To rise on bony elbows
and gaze
on flowers and beauty unseen?

Or would it be
to return one day
to that moment sin first conceived

the lie, the look,
the deceitful grin
so that it might be retrieved?

The scales that block
the beauty of life
often are never shed

They rest on eyes
that never see
the blindness of the living dead

© 2010 Don Odom

Join Hudson Valley Writers and Authors Group on Facebook – You’re Invited!

Hudson Valley Writers and Authors Group (HVWAG)

The Hudson Valley Writers and Authors Group (HVWAG) on Facebook is a place for writers and authors in the Hudson Valley to mix and mingle and to discuss issues of mutual interest.

All that’s required to join is a love of the written word. You don’t even have to be a resident of the Hudson Valley to join.

Simply visit the HVWAG Facebook page and click on the “like” button.

Hope to “see” you there!

Top Members at the DYSTENIUM Online Community for November 2014!

Congratulations to the Top Members for November 2014!

Congratulations to the Top Members for November 2014!

Bryant Park NYC At Dusk by Don Odom

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A perfect union, a noble plea …

The vowel pleads to the consonant
Take me, take me,
make me your wife
and our children – the words –
will give meaning to life

– Avram Ohm (1954-  )

Samuel Johnson on the attributes of good, original writing?

Your manuscript is both good and original. But the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.

attributed to Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)