Jan G. Otterstrom F.

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PROTECTED

Faint murmur, beat of life
pitch of pulse, evidence
touched, no choice
to change worlds, cause
a revolution’s upheaval
but a greater task still
protect one’s soul from
homogenizing effects
of conforming limits
convention’s soldiers
press of arms, publicity
dilettante’s savoir-faire
your authentic voice
dreams instilled at birth
to share your message
realize pure expression
endure slings of criticism
arrows of jealousy, envy
greed of honest success
even the throb of death
in a fragile cage of age.




© Jan G. Otterstrom F. July 29, 2015