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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 books, the latest: 13 Seeds: Health, Karma and Initiation. Over the last few years he has begun calling himself an activist poet, channeling his activism through poetic (more...)
 

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this spoke to me and touched my heart - both the poem and what you wrote about it.

i am sorry the nuthatch hit the window and died. Glass is deadly for them. Sometimes bird silhouettes taped onto the windows help the birds crash into them less. Raptor shapes are particularly effective,

It's hard to see it all - the genocide/ecocide - and not feel overwhelming grief.

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Every poem that is worth its salt has at least a line in it or an image that startles me, or if that doesn't happen I shelve it. In this poem it was the line: I still feel my power / And it wants to break the old weld / Of my old brokenness. It might seem rather bleak at first, that one would picture oneself as made of metal, so when we get wounded by life, we might weld ourselves together. But I think what is behind that image of the old weld is the idea that a weld is stronger than the parts of us that are not scarred. The notion of breaking the old weld seems to be saying that by allowing myself to return to grieving for pain of the world every day is like breaking and healing and breaking and healing etc., and that there can be power in that because I am still alive and I can experience renewal. I can still feel! And I can still heal! I refuse to stop grieving, so the day I stop healing, so I can keep grieving, is the day I lose my commitment to life.

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What a response! Magnificent!!!

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