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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 five nonfiction books, three collections of poetry, "Children to the Mountain", "The Last recurrent Dream" (Two Plum Press), "Conversations with Poetry (coauthored with Tom Cowan), and (more...)
 

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