This feature was created by Colleen Chesebro. This week, she encourages poets to choose their own words. Recently when I went out for Chinese food, I ended up with a fortune cookie that said, “You have good discipline and a sense of purpose.” I was thus inspired to use synonyms of “discipline” and “purpose.” In the following etheree poem, I used “persistence” and “field of study.” You can click on the title to hear me read it.
I’ve learned to craft
works that mean something
to those who will read them.
This has long ago given
My life a sense of clear meaning.
Inspired by love, sadness, hope, truth,
Beauty, wonder, miracles, I’ll soldier on.
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