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In Other Words

June 2, 2015

by Glenn Colquhoun

A poem is a way
of knowing you are alive

As shocking as a fish
leaping out of deep water

As sharp as light stabbing
through a row of trees

As bold as opening up
your eyes during prayer

As simple as lying awake 
in the middle of the night
listening to the sound
of people snoring

Every minute
of every day
of every life

is a full library

Ref: p.186 Ed. Paula Green (2014) A Treasury of NZ poems for children. Illustrated by Jenny Cooper. Random House: Auckland

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