Truth Telling

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 Art is often unappreciated till the artist is long dead.
By then a new generation who reads and hears
or looks and sees values the beauty others missed.

 

Artists paint and poets write their understanding of truth
in hopes that it will resonate with another soul.
Words bring light in a dark night of disillusionment.

 

Truth is often ignored, denied, or rejected
So we wrap it in enticing words that draw you in
then lay it out with arrows that gently pierce your soul;
Hoping that a few will stick long enough to make a difference.

~Dwight L. Roth`

 Painting : Dwight L. Roth

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This sums up why we write and create art…

Posterity may even, will likely even, forget us entirely. And yet, we are writing. And we are, for the purposes of this discussion at least, thinking about writing something of immediate force that might remain relevant to the future.” ~ Czeslaw Milosz

Quote taken from: the Poetry Foundation

ESSAY

Tell It Slant

How to write a wise poem.

BY CAMILLE T. DUNGY

Leaving Our Mark

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I believe most of us want to be remembered after we are gone. At least we hope our family will remember us for the short term. Perhaps some of our grandchildren will dig up a little of our past history, but we all know that after two or three generations what we thought were lasting impressions will have faded away. This is why it is so important to write our memoirs. They might sit on a shelf for fifty years, but at least they are there if someone in the future wants to get a glimpse of who we were and what we believed.

 Our Mark

Raindrops overnight surf falling leaves

Landing in the yard pasting to the driveway

Nipped by overnight frostbite they lay

Beautiful accents of brown and gray

On winds late-day

Leaves take their leave from the pavement

Visiting our neighbor’s yard instead

Imprints marking the concrete where lain

Tattooed fossils of rib and vein

Beautiful reminders not seen again

Just like us taking our leave of life

Having left our mark imprinted

On the lives we’ve touched

To be remembered in detail for a time

Only too soon we fade from the minds

As others make their mark

In our place and their time

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

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Our Mark

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Over the centuries, people have wished to become immortalized in time for generations to come. But in reality, even the greatest eventually are lost in the future. Kings, presidents, heroes, inventors, athletes, and yes, even the Kardashians will be forgotten in the future. We are here, we make our mark and then leave the future to our children and grandchildren. Our mark remains in them for a while and then is gone, only to be glanced at from time to time by future generations. What kind of mark are you making?

Our Mark

Raindrops overnight surf falling leaves

Landing in the yard pasting to the drive

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Nipped by overnight frostbite they lay

Beautiful accents of brown and gray

On winds late-day

Leaves take their leave from the pavement

Visiting our neighbor’s yard  instead

Imprints marking the concrete where lain

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Tattooed fossils of rib and vein

Beautiful reminders not seen again

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Just like us taking  leave of life

Having left our mark imprinted

On the lives we’ve touched

Remembered in detail for a time

Only too soon we fade from their minds

As others make their mark

In our place and their time

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth