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Strong

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I am strong.

Am I strong?

Not strong like muscular,

Shoveling snow. No,

Not like when I was younger-strong,

When I held the school record for chin-ups (33)

And it held for a week

Until some skinny 9th grader figured out

How to do chin-ups by swinging his body

And he set the school record -- 64.

Then I was beginning to worry about the draft anyway.

I wasn't going to fight in Vietnam.

My strong is from brokenness.

I fixed it with a weld.

My strength is like a horse muscle.

Sometimes I feel it flexing in my conscience.

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Gary Lindorff is a poet, writer, blogger and author of several nonfiction books, a collection of poetry, "Children to the Mountain" and a memoir, "Finding Myself in Time: Facing the Music" Over the last few years he has begun calling (more...)
 

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