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Many Voices

I am in this room. A place where

People gather often alone. There are

Separate moments taking place

Everywhere. Yet it all seems close


In each interaction a choice is made

To say hello with our eyes or just

Toss our glance back to a computer

Screen …


We all have a façade that we

Work really hard to contain

Now if we can let go the negative

Connotation – façade, fake, pretend


We might recognize value in each individual



Table crossing

Physical adjustment

Spilled coffee

Unmuted favorite song

– and now listen –


We don’t have to be different

We can all love and laugh

We can avoid the insecure scrutiny

That makes pretend our reality


By being present, we do exist

Long enough for the person nearby

To recognize a feature of your identity

So, that isolation might be in vain


Unless, of course

If we take a long walk in the forest

Continue going forward over brush and tree root and rocks

Come upon the edge of a cliff after miles of hiking

Without looking back

We then do find ourselves alone without anyone seemingly …

… Watching


Nature’s grasp upon our soul

Allows our physicality to interact

As human beings God’s peace exists

What happens when listening walks away?


Thom Amundsen 2013

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I am an author writer publisher web administrator I run poetry workshops in the community. My published Manners childrens poetry book can be found at

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