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Book: Rose Echoes - Glimpses of Life, Real and Imagined by Geoff Piper

Book: Rose Echoes - Glimpses of Life, Real and Imagined by Geoff Piper

categories: Book, Poems about Life, Pacific Northwest Poetry, Life Observations Poems, Poetry




Geoff Piper

Author Geoff Piperabout this book: These poems come from a time in my life when I was paying close attention to the world around me and my own thoughts and dreams – and writing poems about all of it. I played with words and forms to create word pictures, convey moods and emotions and demonstrate action and motion. Some poems are light and whimsical, some are deep and mysterious. Many are set in places in the Pacific Northwest, where I've lived most of the past 50 years. One of them won a prize in a local poetry contest.

Here is my poem "If You Tell Your Story":

If You Tell Your Story

If you tell your story
The whole story
The truth
Mothers cluck
Wives frown
And your children turn down their eyes
Lest they see their father's nakedness
And die

If you tell your story
The whole story
The truth
People who thought they knew you
Recoil in shock
Feeling betrayed
They shake their heads
In disgust

If you tell your story
The whole story
The truth
The core of your being
The part that has worked so hard
To banish the unseemly
And spin a more becoming legend of you
Rises up in anger
And tries to strike you dumb

If you don't tell your story
The whole story
The truth
They make one up
That is far more damning
Than the one


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