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Xinjiang

May 11, 2007

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In Xinjiang the world is dry. The mountains scrape the bright blue sky With lifeless peaks of solid stone, And I amongst strangers, was never alone. There, the oases , their streets full of trees And bagels and children, were life at its knees… Where things could be bought, where no one had seen Someone […]

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Spanish Highways

May 11, 2007

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I heard you haunting me. I heard my past, And the wind wanting me. I left at last. I hummed to heaven With little to lose Walking and watching My brown leather shoes, Along Spanish highways, Too tired not to smile. Orchards of olives Draped mile after mile. At the side of the road, With […]

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Young

May 11, 2007

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When I was very young I knew The songs I’d sung, The color blue. I lived to love. I lived to write. I looked above Into the night. I would part The winds, and pass… And my heart Was made of glass. My face was pale But filled with fire. My feet were frail, But […]

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Mermaid Poem

May 11, 2007

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Fifty-five years ago Under the sea, A long-lost companion, Remembering me, Glanced over her shoulder, And murmured a sigh. The water grew colder. She saw the sky. She saw breath in my heart, And she took in her tail, Swam to the surface And searched for a sail A ship she remembered For eight thousand […]

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Once I Saw a Cloud

March 17, 2007

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Once I saw a cloud; Cliffs around the edges, With water coming down. Only an angel could go there Without being there to drown. It gave me a surprising feeling – Was it an angels house? And though it seemed big to me, Was it only the size of a mouse? – Written by Anna […]

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There are Men

January 24, 2007

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There are men who travel far To lands where none have been, There are men who live for war, And men who worship sin. There are men who conquer nations, There are men who pray; And there are men who seek salvation — Many men are they. There are men who travel space, Or fathom […]

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The Sky is Blue and White

January 2, 2007

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The sky is blue and white. But that won’t make me cheered up, because sometimes it rains from the rain clouds. La la la la la la. The sky is blue and white. I want to know if it’s a snowing day. Whoever looks in a house without any windows – It’s going to be […]

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Magic

December 6, 2006

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Sometimes I sleep while the nations roll round, Mimicking bravery, muffling the sound Of unspeakable slavery… Sometimes I weep as the voice in the sky Whispers the reasons I ought not to die, Murmurs of treason, And fades to a sigh. Hesitance followed me, painfully lingering Wrapped round the dreams I was painfully fingering Wrapped […]

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Gilgit

December 6, 2006

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Because the shadows would not rest That played upon my brain, And danced like daylight on my chest, Like shadows of the rain, Because the words I could not say Were laden low with pain, On Christmas day I tried to pray, And almost prayed in vain. – Written by Anna Williams at age 18 […]

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Faith

December 6, 2006

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Two thousand years ago, Close to the sea, I lit a candle Under a tree. I watched your words, and I Followed your eyes, Bathed in their promises Barren of lies. Something you spoke about Faith, or a prayer, A dream, a belief, a hope… Breathless like air. For two thousand years, it has Carried […]

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