what is a poem?

what is a poem?
(for carl)

what is a poem
in sands of time
pebble and pearl hidden deep
wish and wonder ours to keep
driftwood and seagull and windstorm wild
the gentle presence we feel inside
you

the poems you lived
voiced with such soul
fledgling stories come first light
rhymes and rhythms taking flight
lines of wonder open wide
the gentle presence we feel inside
you

for you dear carl
have shown us full
pearls of life and love and loss
absence and presence across
words to utter and to hear
lifelines to hold us ever near
the gentle presence we feel inside
you

by Brent Hocking

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