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In the last week, I tried a bit of humor – just to see if anyone noticed (or cared).
 

First I posted:

 

What Now, Then?

January 11, 2013 by kmabarrett

I am not now
That which I have been

― Lord George Gordon Byron,
from: “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage
 

[No, I haven’t read the whole poem…  But I liked this one line.  —  KMAB]
 

 

A few days later, I posted:

 

A Toe In The River

January 15, 2013 by kmabarrett

I am not now
That which I have been.
 

–  Lord Byron
from: “Childe Harold

[As stated by Heraclitus of Ephesus: “You can never step into the same river; for new waters are always flowing on to you.”  To which I would add, and you are always at least slightly older.  But, more importantly, are you greater (wise, kind, gentle) or lesser (bitter, cruel, hard)?  —  KMAB]
 

 

 

The version posted earlier received five “likes”.  The second version received three “likes”.  The three likes were from completely different people.
 

Now, I don’t know if the first five recognized the duplication and chose not to comment (or to “like” again), or simply didn’t notice (or didn’t care).
 

In any case, this was not a duplication error.  It was (for me) a subtle play on both the Byron quote and my second comment (including the quote by Heraclitus) that we are never the same person, even when we read the same thing a few days later.
 

I’ve been told humor is not funny if you have to explain the joke…  How come I’m still smiling?

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Can you, Will you, Please?
 

Can you see my soul?
  Or is it beyond your reach.
Can you hold my hand?
  Or is it beyond your grasp.
Can you trust my word?
  Or is it beyond your faith.
Can you stand beside me?
  Or is it beyond your strength.
 
Will you see me near you?
  Trying to understand.
Will you see me near you?
  Reaching for your hand.
Will you see me near you?
  Gaining in your faith.
Will you see me near you?
  Strengthening your strength.
 
Please look behind my eyes,
  And try to reach my soul.
Please offer me your hand,
  Together we can hold.
Please let me gain your faith,
  I would not cause you fear.
Please let me stand beside you,
  Please let me, please be near.

 

[This is one of the few poems I’ve written where I also recorded the date: 27 April 1972.
 

To see more of my poems, you can go to my Poems page, which also contains links to some of my favorite poems, speeches and song lyrics.   —  KMAB]

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